Does This Image Show a Flooded Road in Kenya?

This post shared on the X platform claims to show a flooded road in Nairobi. It reads, “El Nino in Kenya si mchezo [El Nino in Kenya is not a joke]”. Broadly relating the image to the El Nino rains experienced in various parts of the country.


Notably, several regions in Kenya are already experiencing heavy rains. According to a forecast by the Kenya Meteorological Department, the October-November-December rains are expected to be above average with El Nino-related effects expected to continue into January 2024. 


Reverse image searches show this video was taken in Kampala, Uganda. In this publication, this image shows an unidentified street in Uganda’s industrial area.

However, one of the barriers captured in this image shows; ‘SK-JV’ inscribed on it. A search on OpenCorporates shows this is a Japanese firm, operating in Uganda. This website lists the Kampala FlyOver Project as a site office of this company. Images on this project show the same barriers featured in this image, similarly uploaded on Google Maps. In this publication by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JIKA), Shimizu Konoike Joint Venture (SK-JV) is recognised as the executing agency as well as a contractor of this project. 

In this publication by Piga Firimbi, this image has been shared before in similar claims. 


This image does not show a flooded road in Nairobi. 

This fact check was published by Piga Firimbi with support from Code for Africa’s PesaCheck and African Fact-Checking Alliance.

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