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Flood kills 26 people in Kenya

A tragedy occurred in Kenya on Monday when 26 persons were killed and 24,803 others displaced due to flash floods that occurred in 13 counties across Kenya following heavy rains.

The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) while confirming the incident on Monday said the flash floods which caused massive destruction of properties hindered some activities including farming and education in different areas of the east African country.

KRCS Secretary-General, Abbas Gullet said that “The floods have also led to huge livestock losses in some areas, displacement of communities and disruption of livelihoods.

“The huge losses of livestock are exposing communities that have been affected by drought, further hampering their effective recovery.”

The worst hit areas are in the coastal, central, north-eastern and other regions of western Kenya were bridges got washed away and roads were blocked.

Gullet further said that almost 6,906 people had been displaced in the coastal region alone in four counties like Kilifi, Mombasa, Taita Taveta and Kwale.

The Red Cross said assessments are ongoing to ascertain the impact of the damage and the required interventions.

Forecasts from Kenya Meteorological Department show that rainfall would continue across different parts of Kenya with intense fall in western and coastal regions, central highlands, and some places around Mt. Kenya.

Residents close to major rivers had been alerted and warned to move to higher ground following rising water level.

 

 

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