Does This Video Show Recent Flooding Along Mombasa Road?

With the ongoing rains and the impact that comes with it, a number of videos have been giving alerts of the situation in different parts of Kenya. This one, for instance, shared on November 30, 2021, warned about traffic along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway after rains made the road impassable.

Background

Kenya is vulnerable to climate change and its variabilities. Most parts of the country experience two rainy seasons. That is; long rains in from March to May and short from October to December. However, in recent years, the country has been experiencing delayed rains, linked to climate change.

Verification

Reverse image searches show that this video was shared on the internet on April 22, 2018.

Just as the tweet claims, this happened along Mombasa Road, but three years ago. In this news bulletin by KTN News, River Arroi broke its banks along Mombasa Road, at Sultan Hamud. This forced motorists to divert and use the Makindu-Wote and Konza-Makutano routes.

Another result shows this same video was shared on Facebook by Musyi FM on April 22, 2018. According to The Star, this was the second time traffic was paralysed due to heavy rains.

Verdict

NO, this video does not show the recent flooding of the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway.

This story was produced by Africa Uncensored in partnership with Code for Africa with support from Deutsche Welle Akademie.

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Nyakerario Omari

Nyakerario J. Omari is a Kenyan writer and journalist with a passion for in-depth stories told through documentaries. She has an interest in reporting matters concerning health, crime and human rights.