Three trucks have been washed away by raging floods at Kainuk bridge in Turkana following a heavy downpour. The floods have rendered the Kitale -Lodwar- South route impassable. Director of Trade in Turkana James Lokwale said the heavy rains have caused traders and commuters heavy losses worth million shillings. "A temporary drift at Kainuk along Kitale-Lokichar- Lokichar, Nadapal South Sudan road corridor has been overtopped by flood waters," he said.
This brings to six the number of vehicles washed away in the area since the onset of the rains. "Traders in major towns in this county are counting losses worth millions of shillings following a month-long pile of vehicles that are stuck at Kainuk drift after it was overtopped by flood waters," Lokwale said. The price of essential commodities at Lodwar such as fuel and groceries have skyrocketed. Boda-boda operator Michael Ekutan in Lodwar said they are now paying Sh117 per a litre of petrol up from Sh101.
Construction supplies like cement are out of stock in many outlets and many semi-skilled labourers are out of jobs. Deputy president William Rutto said the government has set 1.5 billion shillings for construction of a permanent bridge. "The Kainuk bridge that links Kenya to South Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda will be fixed soon,We already have a contractor to work on." he said.
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