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Construction Authority orders stoppage of works due to flood risk » Capital News

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 4 – The National Construction Authority (NCA) has ordered a halt to new construction works following flooding in the country.

NCA chief executive Maurice Akech said in a statement that new construction work, especially new excavations and work near waterways, should be stopped.

Akech noted that excavating in wet conditions presents a risk of failure that could lead to burial or injury to workers.

“Unsecured deep excavations could lead to slope instability and failure, especially with increased humidity and water content, posing a risk of burial or injury to workers,” he said.

The heavy downpours, which will continue for the rest of the month according to the Kenya Meteorological Department, have caused widespread devastation with flooding and landslides across the country leaving mass fatalities and evidence of ruin.

Akech noted that extreme rainfall could weaken temporary structures at a construction site, such as scaffolding, which could cause them to collapse and potentially injure workers.

As of Friday, the government had reported the flood-related death toll at 210, with tens of thousands displaced and property worth millions destroyed.

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