Mutua asks Masinga residents to move to safer places

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A section of the Masinga dam

Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua has called on people living near Masinga dam to safer places.

This comes after the government has warned that the dam is set to overflow by Friday following the ongoing heavy rains.

Mutua during a press conference has said that the dam is carrying huge volume and if it breaks as per the warning it will be a big disaster.

“Those living near Tana River, let’s move away from the river because if the dam overflows it there will be a huge amount of water,” Mutua urged residents.

The governor has called on Chiefs, Sub-Chiefs and County officials in Masinga area to inform residents that the dam may overflow.

“I want Chiefs, Sub-chiefs, Village Administrators and my county officials to inform everybody that Masinga dam may overflow, so let stay safe.” Mutua added.

The Masinga dam warning barely a week after the Solai dam tragedy that left 46 people dead and over 300 families homeless.

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During a press briefing yesterday, Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter said Masinga Dam, one of the largest in the country, is currently at 1055.53 metres above sea level and It fills up at 1056.5 metres.

“The inflows are huge and it is worrying. We expect Masinga to spill over between now and Friday,” said the energy CS.

The CS also called on Garissa, Garsen and Hola residents to move to safer places as they are to be hugely affected by the Masinga dam overflow.

“Once Kiambere Dam overflows, it is expected that it will take four days for the water to reach Garissa town and soon after the lower Tana Delta. In the event that the water levels continue to rise, communities that live on the banks of Tana River, downstream of Kiambere Dam, are urged to take necessary precautions,” CS Keter added.

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