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World 34 Dead in Kenya After Mudslides and Floods

10:35  24 november  2019
10:35  24 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Passengers from stranded vehicles stand next to the debris from floodwaters, on the road from Kapenguria, in West Pokot county, in western Kenya on Saturday.Credit Associated Press.

Kenya ’s interior minister says 29 people have been killed in mudslides , among the 34 people overall who lost their lives Saturday amid flooding in the East Africa nation.

a group of people standing next to a pile of dirt: Passengers from stranded vehicles stand next to the debris from floodwaters, on the road from Kapenguria, in West Pokot county, in western Kenya on Saturday. © Associated Press Passengers from stranded vehicles stand next to the debris from floodwaters, on the road from Kapenguria, in West Pokot county, in western Kenya on Saturday.

Kenya’s interior minister says 29 people have been killed in mudslides, among the 34 people overall who lost their lives Saturday amid flooding in the East Africa nation.

Heavy rains unleashed overnight floods in western Kenya. The country's interior cabinet secretary, Fred Matiangi, said 17 people died in a mudslide in the village of Takmal in the Pokot Central district, while 12 others lost their lives in mudslides in the villages of Parua and Tapach in Pokot South.

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Kenya ’s interior minister says 29 people have been killed in mudslides , among the 34 people overall who lost their lives Saturday amid flooding in the East Africa nation.

Kenya ’s interior minister says 29 people have been killed in mudslides , among the 34 people overall who lost their lives Saturday amid flooding in the East Africa nation.

Passengers from stranded vehicles cross floodwaters on foot, on the road from Kapenguria, in West Pokot county, in western Kenya Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. Kenya's interior minister says dozens of people have been killed in mudslides, after heavy rains unleashed overnight floods in western Kenya. (AP Photo) © ASSOCIATED PRESS Passengers from stranded vehicles cross floodwaters on foot, on the road from Kapenguria, in West Pokot county, in western Kenya Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. Kenya's interior minister says dozens of people have been killed in mudslides, after heavy rains unleashed overnight floods in western Kenya. (AP Photo)

Five other people died when their car was swept away on the road between Kitale and Lodwar after two rivers overflowed their banks, said Apollo Okello, West Pokot County Commissioner.

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Mr. Okello said five other people died when their car was swept away on the road between Kitale and Lodwar after two rivers overflowed their banks.

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  Death toll from Kenya landslides surges to 60 Kenya's president deployed rescue personnel, including from the army, to try and prevent the 'further loss of lives'.Downpours began on Friday in West Pokot county, which borders Uganda, and worsened overnight, causing flooding and mudslides that swept away four bridges and left villages inaccessible by road.

Kenya ’s interior minister says 29 people have been killed in mudslides , among the 34 people overall who lost their lives Saturday amid flooding in the East Africa nation.

Kenya ’s interior minister says 29 people have been killed in mudslides , among the 34 people overall who lost their lives Saturday amid flooding in the East Africa nation.

Mr. Matiangi said the government sent military and police helicopters to help those affected by the floods, but the scope of the disaster was not yet clear.

“While rescue and recovery efforts remain the priority, a full assessment into the extent of damage caused continues to be a challenge due to harsh weather conditions,” he said.

Village residents carry a victim of landslides in Nyarkulian village, some 100km northwest of Kitale, in Pokot South sub-county, West Pokot county, on November 23, 2019. - Heavy rains lashing East Africa have caused of dozens of deaths, with 29 buried by landslides in Kenya, and 10 people drowned in a river in Tanzania, officials said on November 23. (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images) Village residents carry a victim of landslides in Nyarkulian village, some 100km northwest of Kitale, in Pokot South sub-county, West Pokot county, on November 23, 2019. - Heavy rains lashing East Africa have caused of dozens of deaths, with 29 buried by landslides in Kenya, and 10 people drowned in a river in Tanzania, officials said on November 23. (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

More than one million people in East Africa have been affected by flooding after higher-than-normal rainfall. The latest deaths in Kenya bring to 72 the number of people who have died in a month and a half due to flooding-related causes.

The International Rescue Committee said this month that many people had been reeling from an earlier severe drought in the region. Now rains in parts of Somalia, South Sudan and Kenya are expected for four to six more weeks.

Passengers from stranded vehicles stand next to the debris from floodwaters, on the road from Kapenguria, in West Pokot county, in western Kenya Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. Kenya's interior minister says dozens of people have been killed in mudslides, after heavy rains unleashed overnight floods in western Kenya. (AP Photo) © ASSOCIATED PRESS Passengers from stranded vehicles stand next to the debris from floodwaters, on the road from Kapenguria, in West Pokot county, in western Kenya Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. Kenya's interior minister says dozens of people have been killed in mudslides, after heavy rains unleashed overnight floods in western Kenya. (AP Photo)

The torrential rain is uncommon for this time of year. Experts have said the changing weather patterns have a huge impact because close to 100 percent of Kenya’s agriculture is rain-fed.

Why the floods in East Africa are so bad .
Rain-triggered disasters have killed at least 250 people and affected some 3 million people across East Africa.Homes have been demolished, crops destroyed and roads swept away, hampering relief efforts in far-flung areas.

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