Search for body of landslide victim suspended

Search for a body of 80-year old woman who is believed to have been swept away by landslide at Gakira village in Murang’a has been suspended following heavy rains being experienced in the area.

Efforts to trace the body of Tabitha Njeri have been futile, as access to the scene of the landslide has been frustrated by heavy rains being experienced in parts of Murang’a County.

Speaking when members of Red Cross visited affected families at Mariira Farmers Institute on Thursday, Murang’a County Meteorological Director (CMD), Paul Murage said the search for the body of the granny has been suspended until the time rains will reduce.

He said the landslide created a deep ditch and the point where the debris was dumped is unreachable, as there are no roads where excavators and tractors can pass.

“We realized that the excavators started sinking when they tried to find their way to the scene, and therefore opted to suspend the whole exercise”, explained Murage.

The landslide that hit the village on April 26 left 10 families displaced and scores of property destroyed.

The members of the affected families were given temporality shelter at the nearby farmers’ institute, and county officials are calling for experts to help in the search for the body of the granny.

Members of Kenya Red cross, who visited the affected people at the camp, called for well-wishers to come up and help the people get basic necessities.

Murang’a Red Cross regional coordinator, Gitange Mugambi said there are 25 people in the camp and they are in need of food, clothing and mosquito nets, among other necessities.

SOURCE: Kenya News Agency