1920’s East Africa– “THE BIG FLOOD--CONCLUSION"
The Fort Hall Road carried a fair amount a traffic, and the demise of the bridge over the papyrus swamp in April, 1922 meant that many people would be cut off (unless they took the train). But one man was nearly swept away when the swamp broke free and released a torrent of water. The following is his eyewitness account
“I was just on the approaches to the bridge” (the eyewitness said) “when I was startled by a curious rumbling and then a sound of rushing water. I drew back hastily and for fifteen minutes I watched one of the most startling phenomena ever I have seen or heard of.”
“The placid surface of the swamp across which the Fort Hall road wends its way, suddenly broke up. Huge mounds of papyrus and mud were heaved into the air and the whole area assumed the aspect of a log-jam breaking on a Canadian river or the clearing of ice fields in the Arctic. Then the swamp smashed, and a rushing torrent of water, mud, and papyrus swept towards the bridge. The earth at the sides first crumbled away like snow in the sun and then the bridge caved-in in the middle. I stood fascinated for ten minutes then I went to the railway bridge. I found it standing but heaped high with papyrus and apparently damaged.”
“I was not the only one who had a narrow escape. In front of me, and probably with his foot on the bridge, was a European police officer. He must have had one of the narrowest squeaks of his life.”
Next week: 1922 Scientist predicts Earthquakes taking Europe under the Sea.
(text and image taken from The Leader of British East Africa, April 29, 1922)
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