Nairobi Floods: 12th May, 2015

Like day follows night, it floods whenever Nairobi receives moderate to heavy rainfall. A combination of factors such as the city’s geographical location and its poor drainage system are mostly to blame. On 12th May 2015, the city in the sun received unusually heavy precipitation and the results were disastrous. More than ten people were reported dead in different parts of the city and losses worth millions were incurred. The flooding affected most parts of Nairobi but I will focus on the areas that were arguably worst hit – the areas along the Ngong River valley – and attempt to explain how and why this was so.

A Guide to Nairobi’s Rivers and Streams

Nairobi is in a unique club of capital cities located near the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley. This elevated location makes the Kenyan capital among the 10 highest in the world. Nairobi's location near the high escarpment also makes the city's environs the source of numerous rivers and streams. Unlike most of the global cities located on the banks of big rivers and having landmark bridges, Nairobi has a maze of smaller rivers and streams, collectively referred to as the Nairobi River Basin.

Geography of Mombasa

Mombasa County is a place of great importance to Kenya and the greater East African region despite its small geographical size. Within the 212.5 km2 area that is administratively referred to as Mombasa County, the geography of this region has greatly influenced the lives of its residents, past and present. In this article, we will look at how residents of Mombasa have built their lives around the geographical aspects of the area from centuries gone by to the present day.

How Nairobi’s Geography Shapes Our Lives

A little over a hundred years ago, the bustling city that we call home was little more than an uninhabited swamp littered with wild animals. The city of Nairobi came to be when the British took advantage of the last flat area they encountered before beginning their ascent up the escarpment wall while constructing the Kenya-Uganda railway. Where Nairobi stands today, the British pitched camps where they could pause for a breather before embarking on the grueling attempt to ascend the rail track over the escarpment, into the Rift Valley and beyond.

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