Recent flooding in Nairobi, a local perspective.

Recent extensive flooding in Nairobi, Kenya, has claimed many lives and destroyed homes causing considerable fear and distress among the community.

Peter Miles
Age of Awareness

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Flooded road nearby to Imma’s home. Image taken by Imma’s neighbour on 5th May 2024.
Recent flood damage to road in Nairobi. Image taken by Imma for the author on 30th April 2024.

I have a friend in Nairobi, a local Kenyan woman and her name is Immaculate, she was sending me text descriptions of the close-by floods on WhatsApp late last week, and I thought them worth sharing.

Imma speaks Swahili and English is her second language. Her words give an impactful firsthand description of many people’s terrifying and powerless position and are another example of the serious nature of our changing climate.

This is not an appeal for money, although the need is great in East Africa, rather it is a reminder of our changing climate and its effect on those least able to adapt.

First a brief description of Nairobi’s climate.

Nairobi has a tropical climate with two wet seasons, the long rains from March to May and the short rains from October to December. These two seasons are linked to the north and south movement of the Inter Tropical…

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Peter Miles
Age of Awareness

45 years in Environmental Science, B.Env.Sc. in Wildlife & Conservation Biology. Writes on Animals, Plants, Soil & Climate Change. environmentalsciencepro.com