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Rain causes 3-day traffic jam in Kenya

KENYAN police said yesterday they have begun clearing a three-day traffic jam stretching for tens of kilometers on the main highway between the capital and the country’s only port of Mombasa.

The snarl-up began on Wednesday amid heavy rains and after vehicles overtook each other to skip road construction on the route between Nairobi and Kenya’s second city.

At times, the traffic jam has snaked back as far as 50 kilometers, according to some reports, centered around the Taru area, some 100km west of Mombasa.

Drivers, stuck in the tailback for three days, have complained of a lack of food and water as they wait to move again on a journey that normally takes a day of driving.

“We have sent in more police officers to clear the road — at least we have vehicles now moving, although very slowly,” traffic police chief Jecinta Kinyua said. “We urge motorists to be patient and cooperate with our officers, to avoid complicating the issue further.”



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