Power outages occurring across Kenya, including at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, as of the evening of Aug. 25.
Power outages are occurring in numerous areas across Kenya, including at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), as of late Aug. 25 due to an unspecified network malfunction. Preliminary information indicates that the blackouts began shortly before about 22:00; officials at the Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) have provided no estimate as to when electrical service may be restored.
Flight delays and cancellations are likely at NBO and other airports affected by the outages. Lingering disruptions may occur for several hours after regular power supply resumes as carriers reposition aircraft and work to resolve passenger backlogs. Commercial and communications disruptions are also possible until technicians fully restore electrical service. Traffic disruptions and longer driving times may occur during these periods due to malfunctioning traffic signals. Power outages could also result in the temporary unavailability of essential services, such as hospitals, ATMs, and petrol stations. Outages could adversely affect security protocols, including alarm systems and electronic fences; opportunistic criminal activity could increase during electricity outages.
If operating in Kenya, charge battery-powered devices and conserve battery power when possible to mitigate the risk posed by prolonged electricity outages. Avoid nonessential travel through poorly lit areas during the blackout. Confirm flight reservations and prepare for lingering disruptions at NBO; do not check out of accommodations until onward travel is confirmed. Plan accordingly for delivery delays. Adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation.