A bridge connecting Homa Bay and Migori counties has collapsed, cutting off transport between the two counties.
According to reports, the Oria-Riat Bridge, crossing River Kuja, collapsed on Wednesday at 5 AM when a sugarcane truck passed over it.
The truck was heading to Sukari Industry in Riat Trading Centre, Ndhiwa sub-county. It is believed that the bridge’s structural integrity may have weakened due to the heavy rains pounding the area.
Authorities confirm incident
Ndhiwa sub-county Police Commander, Robert Aboki, confirmed that they had rescued the truck driver after the accident.
Homa Bay County Woman Representative, Gladys Wanga, said they were getting in touch with relevant authorities to remedy the situation.
“The Rait/Oria bridge has sadly collapsed this morning,” Wanga said, “We are in touch with the relevant authorities to ensure movement resumes within the shortest time possible.”
The Riat/Oria bridge sadly collapsed this morning. We are in touch with all relevant agencies to ensure movement resumes in the shortest time possible through construction of a footbridge for persons & motorbikes as the major construction works begin. pic.twitter.com/d7zOZMXUnV
— Hon Gladys Wanga, CBS (@gladyswanga) May 12, 2021
Area MP Martin Owino also called on residents to exercise caution and patience as they engaged relevant government stakeholders to create a temporary pass as they worked on the bridge.
Dhogoye Bridge collapse
The collapse comes just a day after the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) warned of the cutting off the Bondo-Usenge-Osieko road. The cut off came after the Dhogoye Bridge collapsed following heavy rains, which resulted in flooding.
“As there is no alternative access to Osieko, we advise motorists along the section not to attempt crossing the over-topped section and wait until water levels are low,” KeNHA advised on Tuesday.
They had also called on trucks to avoid crossing the bridge for the time beings as they evaluated the damage on the bridge and worked on repairs.
Several parts of the country are witnessing heavy rains, and Nyanza Region, prone to flooding, is one of them. According to Red Cross, the heavy rains have resulted in the flooding of homes in Nyando Sub-County and Homa Bay County.
“We continue to observe the situation as we send early warning alerts to the communities affected. For any emergency, please call 1199,” the Kenya Red Cross said.