Kenya grapples with death and displacement as floods sweep over the country

Nduta Waweru April 23, 2018
Stranded passengers at Sultan Hamud on the Nairobi- Mombasa highway yesterday /COURTESY

Floods in Kenya have led to the death of at least 15 people, and displacement of another 2,000.

The heavy rains in several parts of the country have also destroyed properties and sections of roads.

Among the dead are a woman and her five-year-old daughter, who died in fast-moving water while crossing a river in Machakos county, according to the Nation.

“They were crossing a river at around 6 pm. The floods increased in intensity while they were in the middle of the river and swept them away. Sharon’s body was retrieved while the search for her daughter’s body is still going on,” said Machakos County Commissioner Matilda Sakwa.

More than 1800 people have been marooned in the Tana Delta, after River Tana broke its banks. Residents have had to deal with crocodiles, which swam upstream to the flooded villages.

Rescue operations are ongoing according to the Red Cross.

Kenya grapples with death and displacement as floods sweep over the country

Commuters stranded at the banks of River Kawalase in Turkana county, April 21, 2018. Photo: Hesboun Etyang/The Star

Roads have also been affected by the heavy rains, among them, the Nairobi-Mombasa road, which was cut off at the Sultan Hamud bridge.  Authorities have warned against the use of the road as a permanent solution is being sought.

In Northern Kenya, River Kawalase and River Karach burst their banks affecting transport on roads and displacing more than 10,000 people.

The country’s meteorological department has warned that there will be more rain.

Last Edited by:Nduta Waweru Updated: April 23, 2018


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