KENYA: FOUR FAMILY MEMBERS KILLED IN MURANG’A LANDSLIDE

NAIROBI– Four family members have died after a landslide buried their house at Inoi village in Murang’a County following heavy rains.

Police are still at the scene of tragedy with reports that one person is still uncounted for.

The landslides were also witnessed in Mathioya and Kangema constituencies in the county as heavy rains continue pounding the area.

Kahuro Deputy County Commissioner David Kandie said police have since managed to retrieve the bodies of the victims.

And in Gitugi, several people and livestock are feared dead after yet another landslide.

The Kenya Red Cross confirmed the incident on Saturday morning.

One person rushed to hospital; two others missing after house was covered by mudslide in Kahatia, Mathioya, Murang’a County, said the Red Cross

Elsewhere, rescue mission for those marooned by the floods along the Tana delta continued for the second day, it added.

Military choppers and the police are leading the rescue operation as government scales up its efforts to evacuate hundreds who are being threatened by the rising levels of the flood waters after Tana River broke its banks.

The villages of Gamba, Garsen and Panda Nguo have are completely submerged.

In Kilifi county, over 1,000 locals were airlifted on Friday from the danger zones after River Sabaki burst its banks cutting off locals for accessing any escape route.

To mitigate the situation the government has deployed KDF chopper,s the national police service and Kenya navy divers to rescue those marooned. Locals in the affected area calling on the government to declare the situation a national disaster.

In the neighboring Kilifi County, most roads have been rendered impassable, thus slowing the search and rescue mission by road.

On Saturday the rescue teams will conduct expansive rescue operation in the areas of Bate, Kwa Mjidu, Kwa Samuel Charo, John Ngumbao and Karimani Dagamra.

The coastal region is not out of the woods yet with the Kenya Metrological Department warning that the area will receive enhanced rainfall in the next five days starting Saturday.

Virtually all the counties namely Lamu, Kilifi, Taita Taveta, Mombasa and Kwale will be affected. They are advising residents to be on the lookout for possible flashfloods.

The weatherman had advised residents to avoid driving, wading or walking through any fast-moving waters.

Heavy rains offshore are expected to result in storm surges along the coast hence fishermen and Marine industry personnel urged to be on high alert.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK