Five die after mudslide buries house in Narok County

By: GEORGE SAYAGIE

A family of five died after their house was buried following a mudslide in Enenkishomi in Oloshapani Location, Narok South Sub-County.

The Monday night incident happened as the victims slept in the family’s hut.

The area has been receiving heavy rains that have led to mudslides.

The victims, aged between four and 23 years, were asleep in their grass-thatched house when they were buried alive in the 1am incident.

Oleshapani Location Chief John Seur said the area had been experiencing minor incidents of mudslides from the time the rains started.

He said locals together with police managed to retrieve the bodies of the five, which were moved to the Narok County Referral Hospital mortuary.

The administrator said two of the boys, aged eight and 13, were sleeping in the house of their elder brother, aged 23, with his two daughters, aged one and four.

He appealed to residents to move to higher ground to avoid more disaster.

CONDOLED RELATIVES

Narok County Governor Samuel ole Tunai led a security team to condole relatives of the victims and promised the government would help the affected families.

“We are appealing to people in this area to move to higher ground as the government seek ways to assist them till the rains subside,” said Mr Tunai.

Narok South Deputy Commissioner Justus Musau also urged people living in areas prone to mudslides to move to higher ground.

Despite the El Nino warnings from the government, the area chief lamented that locals had been hesitant to move to higher ground due to lack of facilities such as tents.

The number of people killed by floods in Narok has risen to 10 this month after another five people were killed in different incidents in Narok south.

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Two weeks ago, three primary school children were killed by floods in Talek, and more than 400 sheep and goats they herding were swept away.

In Mulot, on Sunday, more than 200 cows were swept away after it rained for more than two hours.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION