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Kenya Railways Corporation has declared the partial resumption of commuter train services after their suspension due to heavy rainfall across the nation, offering relief to stranded travelers.

In a statement released on Monday evening, Kenya Railways revealed that commuters can anticipate the restoration of services on the Embakasi Village to Lukenya route, as well as the SGR Link train to Syokimau.

“We are delighted to announce the recommencement of commuter train services starting tomorrow, Tuesday, 7th of May 2024, on the following routes: Embakasi Village, Lukenya, The SGR Link train, and Syokimau,” the statement read.

However, passengers on the Limuru and Ruiru routes will experience a prolonged wait for regular services as these routes remain inactive due to ongoing repair works on the railway lines caused by the heavy downpour.

“Please be advised that commuter services for Limuru and Ruiru remain suspended due to ongoing track repair works on those lines.

Additionally, we would like to caution the public that commuter train services may be subject to change at short notice, depending on weather conditions and other safety considerations,” the statement added.

Last month, Kenya Railways was compelled to cease all commuter train operations owing to flooding in various parts of Nairobi, leaving thousands of urban residents stranded. The suspension was prompted by extensive sections of the track being submerged underwater.

The recommencement of train services comes amidst persistent disruptions caused by heavy rainfall across different parts of the country, impacting traffic on major thoroughfares, including highways and airports.

The copious rainfall has led to river and sewer overflow, converting roads into water passages and inflicting devastation on residences.

The ongoing flood crisis has resulted in substantial loss of life and property, with over 228 fatalities reported and thousands injured or displaced from their homes.

In his recent State of the Nation address, President William Ruto declared the postponement of school reopening until further notice due to the adverse effects of the floods. Schools, initially slated to resume on May 6 after a prior postponement from April 29, will remain closed until the situation ameliorates.

The Interior Ministry has underscored severe impacts in numerous counties nationwide, stressing the necessity for concerted efforts to address the flood crisis and its aftermath.

 

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