Widespread Flooding Causes Internet Blackouts Across Kenya

Unprecedented flooding has plunged Kenya into darkness, disrupting telecom and internet services across large parts of the country. The power supply issues, which led to an internet blackout on Thursday, are the latest blow for Kenya, which has been grappling with weeks of devastating floods resulting in over 180 fatalities.

Widespread Flooding Causes Internet Blackouts Across Kenya
Widespread Flooding Causes Internet Blackouts Across Kenya

Kenya Power announced late Thursday that supply outages were affecting the majority of the country, attributing the disruptions to excessive rain damage to infrastructure. Cities and towns such as Nairobi, Eldoret, Kisumu, Mombasa, Nakuru, and Nyeri experienced blackouts, with authorities referring to the situation as a “system disturbance.”

Despite ongoing restoration efforts by Kenya Power, connectivity remains disrupted, exacerbating the challenges faced by residents and businesses already impacted by the floods.

NetBlocks, a watchdog organization monitoring internet freedom, reported a severe disruption in internet service across Kenya, with countrywide connectivity plummeting to 56% of normal levels.

“The incident corresponds to widespread power outages after a ‘system disturbance on the grid’ per Kenya Power,” stated NetBlocks, highlighting the direct correlation between the power disruptions and the internet outage.

Vulnerability of Essential Services

At the time of publication, Kenya Power confirmed that supplies had been restored in several areas, but efforts to fully restore power and connectivity across the country were still underway.

The situation underscores the vulnerability of essential services to natural disasters and the urgent need for robust infrastructure and contingency plans to mitigate such disruptions in the future.



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