Seven dead as heavy rains wreck havoc

Kenya news, A woman helps children to cross a flooded area in Kibera slum, Nairobi, after heavy rains inside the area on Saturday. PHOTO | AFP

Seven people have died across the county inside the last two days as heavy rains continue to pound the country.

In Kisumu, one person is usually believed to have died after being swept away by flash floods following Saturday night heavy rains experienced inside the lakeside city.

The body of the deceased, who is usually yet to be identified,  was retrieved at the banks of a stream in Manyatta Estate, Kisumu on Sunday morning.
Area Chief Mr Charles Odondo said the deceased may have been drunk before drowning.

“We still do not know the exact cause of the death however we suspect of which he drowned following heavy rains of which flooded part of This kind of area,” said Mr Odondo.

The body of the deceased was moved to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching in addition to Referral Hospital mortuary as investigations to establish his identity commenced.

In Taita Taveta, three people died in addition to over 150 others displaced following heavy rains pounding the county.

TRAPPED

Among the dead was Mr Badi Hussein, 96, whose house was swept away by floods in Wanganga village in Mata, Taveta Sub County, on Saturday night.

Timbila Assistant Chief Mr Corneil Salehe said the old man, whose body was found trapped inside his mud house by neighbours who had gone to check on him, lived alone.

“of which seems he was trying to get out of the house however the heavy floods overpowered him,” he said.

In Tharaka South sub county,  three family members died after they were struck by lightning in Kamujwa village on Friday.

Central in addition to Eastern Kenya Red Cross Society coordinator Mr Gitonga Mugambi asked county governments to install lightning arresters.

“These are natural calamities in addition to the only solution is usually to put in place preventive measures,” said Mr Mugambi.

DEATH in addition to DESTRUCTION

The officer said according to weather forecast, heavy rains is usually anticipated to pour inside the mountain region especially areas bordering Mount Kenya in addition to asked residents to remain vigilant to avoid deaths in addition to destruction of property.

He observed of which Mitheru region in Tharaka-Nithi County is usually prone to landslides while flooding is usually common in Mukothima, Gatunga in addition to Kibunga regions.

He warned those working in quarries to be cautious in addition to if possible, keep off the deep excavations during the heavy rains .

In Uasin Gishu, floods have made the distribution of relief supplies in parts of the North Rift region impossible due to impassable roads caused by heavy rains.

Several roads in Turkana, West Pokot, Baringo in addition to Elgeyo Marakwet counties have been rendered impassable, producing of which difficult for humanitarian agencies to access areas hard hit by famine.

“Trucks carrying food in addition to various other basic commodities are finding of which difficult to access families in need of the supplies due to dilapidated state of the roads,” said Eric Wanyonyi Kibish Sub-County Commissioner.

Reporting by Barnabas Bii, Victor Otieno, Alex Njeru in addition to Lucy Mkanyika

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