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Family escapes death in Nyeri landslide

12 October 2015, 14:35 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - A family in Mathira, Nyeri County, escaped death following a landslide that occurred on Sunday night due to the ongoing heavy rains pounding the region.

Harrison Kariuki Maina, 95, said he was woken by falling debris which hit his house from behind.

“I heard a loud sound which I thought was an earthquake. I called my son who told me that he heard a similar sound and we decided not to wake up because of the rains,” narrated the old man.

He said that his gate and perimeter wall were brought down by the high speed flowing waters.

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Maina narrated that it was not the first time for rain water to flow near his house, and revealed that he has used more than KES 800 000 to put up gabions near the access-road as the County government has neglected its duty.

“I have used my own money amounting to KES 800 000 to put up gabions and culverts in this area to control water drainage since 2012. The landslide destroyed part of the road. The problem is water drainage. We have raised the issue with the government but they have not helped us,” said Maina.

Maina, who is a small-scale-coffee farmer appealed to the local County government to step in and avert more destruction.

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