Heavy rains force Kenya Railways to suspend all commuter train services

The Kenya Railways company has announced temporary suspension of all commuter train services following heavy rains pounding the City.

The Kenyan Railways said the suspension was necessary to ensure the safety of customers.

"We wish to notify members of the public that commuter train services have been temporarily suspended due to ongoing heavy rains that have affected rail lines," the company said in a notice.

"We are compelled to take this precautionary measure because the safety of our customers is always of paramount importance to us."

The Kenya Railways said they will communicate once normalcy resumes.

The development comes even as the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) announced the closure of some roads in Nairobi due to heavy rains.

Kura said it partially closed the roads due to heavy rains experienced last night.

Kura listed six roads as follows Aerodrome Road, Kapenguria Road, UN Avenue - Runda, Kasarani Mwiki Road at Mwiki Bridge.

“Motorists are also warned of flooding along Mombasa Road at Cabanas, Thika Road at Githurai/ Kahawa bridge,” Kura said.

“The traffic police and our technical team are on the ground to direct traffic and enhance the safety of Motorists. We shall keep you posted as the situation unfolds.”

The Kenya Meteorological Department, in an alert, said the rains will continue over the next seven days in various parts of the country.

“Flooding is expected in low-lying areas, those in flood plains as well as in urban areas with poor drainage,” Director of Meteorological Services David Gikungu said.

Landslides, he added, may also occur on steep slopes where soils become saturated.

Gikungu has advised road users to be extra cautious noting visibility is likely to reduce during heavy rainfall events.

This alert extends to aviators and boat operators.

The expected heavy rainfall, Gikungu noted, is likely to be accompanied by strong winds, thunder and lightning.

“The public is advised to avoid sheltering under trees and metallic structures to minimize exposure to lightning strikes. There is a need to be cautious since the forecasted strong winds may damage roofs, trees, and towering objects such as billboards,” he added.

The large waves and strong winds are likely to affect marine activities, he stated.