A bridge collapses in Kenya, a week after being launched

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A raging flood has been swept a bridge in Kajiado, south of Nairobi.

The $878117 bridge collapsed on Wednesday night following heavy rains that pounded the area.

According to residents who spoke with the Standard Gazette, the bridge was taken down by massive stones that were pulled downstream by the floodwaters.

Paai Bridge was unveiled on February 19, 2022, by Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku.

The Bridge was intended to put an end to the agony that farmers go through during the rainy season when they are unable to sell their produce to outside markets.

It was expected to link three wards in Kajiado East Sub-County: Matapato North (Kajiado Central), Eselenkei (Kajiado South), and Kenyawa Poka Ward (Kajiado East).

They are linked together by a shared route that takes them across the River Orkeriai, which is the greatest seasonal river in the region.

During the rainy season, the river regularly overflows its banks, preventing inhabitants from accessing cattle markets and crucial services at government offices and hospitals.

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