Parts of Nairobi plunged into darkness, families evacuated over floods

A picture showing submerged Kenya Power Nairobi West substation on May 13, 2015. PHOTO | COURTESY | BRIAN MAIYO

What you need to know:

  • The Company said electricity supply to some parts of Nairobi was also interrupted after two of its substations were submerged.
  • Engineers will later assess and test equipment later before restoring supplies in the course of day.

Kenya Power has evacuated four families of employees living within the company’s Nairobi West substation to safety after it flooded Tuesday night.

The Company said electricity supply to some parts of Nairobi was also interrupted after two of its substations were submerged.

Kenya Power General Manager for Infrastructure Development, Engineer Benson Muriithi, said the two submerged substations located in Nairobi West and Karen (near Bomas of Kenya) were switched off to protect equipment from possible damage and for safety reasons.

Areas affected by the switch-off include sections of Langata, Hardy Estate, Bogani Road, Magadi Road, Bomas of Kenya area, South ‘C’ Estate, South ‘B’ Estate, Nairobi West, parts of Industrial

Area, Madaraka Estate and parts of Upperhill.

“The good news is that much of the waters have receded in both substations by this morning and our engineers will later assess and test equipment later before restoring supplies in the course of day,” he said in a statement to newsrooms on Wednesday.

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