Thousands of people have reportedly been left stranded in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi after heavy rain in the city.
Civilians were seen trying to shield themselves in bus shelters and makeshift sanctums.
According to local reports, residents have criticised the government for failing to adequately prepare for the weather.
“Year in year out, we complain of flooding whenever there is down pour and this time it’s not any different,” a woman told Kenya’s Standard newspaper.
“The rains were forecasted weeks ago but it seems not enough has been done to avoid flooding,”
Flash Floods ?
River near Green Park estate on Mombasa road near Athi River has burst its banks Stay SAFE #NairobiFloods #NairobiRains @NDOCKenya @NPSOfficial_KE
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— Digital Humanitarian (@PhilipOgola) March 15, 2018
Despite all the havoc caused by the weather, some social media users have been wondering why the rainfall has not been harvested for later use.
Trillions of litres of rain water lost yet in a few months we will be back to the same old water shortages in Nairobi. Rainwater harvesting systems must be a mandatory inclusion for every building in the country, commercial/residential #savewater #everydropcounts #sustainability
— Martha Mberu (@Nduta_2107) March 15, 2018
Nobody in the leadership of the country is thinking of rain water harvesting. Where does all the rain water go to? Wasted? How many litres? Billions? In Nyayo, we require 12 million litres. We only receive 6-7 million litres. Nobody in Kenya has a 50 year plan for this country.
— Robert ALAI, HSC (@RobertAlai) March 15, 2018