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29 avr. 2020 | 10h28 UTC

Kenya: Mudslides kill at least 29 in two counties April 28 /update 1

Kenya Alerte de sécurité

Mudslides cause at least 29 fatalities following heavy rain in West Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet counties on April 28; additional adverse weather expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 29/4/2020, 12h00 until 2/5/2020, 11h59 (Africa/Nairobi). COUNTRY/REGION Kenya

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Event

According to reports, mudslides due to heavy rain in West Pokot and Elgeyo-Marakwet counties have caused at least 29 fatalities on Tuesday, April 28. As of Wednesday, April 29, heavy rain affecting the country since Friday, April 17, have caused rivers to overflow and triggered floods in west, central, and southeast Kenya. According to reports, the most affected counties are West Pokot, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Kisumu, Homabay, Tana River, Garissa, Kilifi, Kirinyaga, Siaya, Kakamega, Bomet, and Nairobi. Media sources report that at least 1500 families have been displaced and 700 damaged houses due to the rain.

Further heavy rain is forecast until late Thursday, April 30, over west and south central Kenya with very heavy rain forecast over western counties. Associated transportation disruptions are to be anticipated in the affected areas.

Advice

Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions, anticipate transportation and business disruptions, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.

 

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