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Kenya flood toll rises to 181 as homes and roads destroyed

Kenya flood toll rises to 181 as homes and roads destroyed www.whoownsafrica.com Kenya flood toll rises to 181 as homes and roads destroyed www.whoownsafrica.com
Residents wade through flood waters after a seasonal river burst its banks following heavy rainfall in Kitengela municipality of Kajiado County, near Nairobi, Kenya May 1, 2024. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

In recent months, Kenya has been grappling with severe flooding and landslides that have tragically claimed the lives of 181 individuals since March.

The devastation caused by the torrential rain and rising waters has forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes, leaving behind a trail of destruction in its wake.

Floodwaters have not only swept away homes, but also wreaked havoc on roads, bridges, and other essential infrastructure, crippling communities in their path.

Kenya flood toll rises to 181 as homes and roads destroyed www.whoownsafrica.com
Volunteers direct traffic to clear the Athi River-Namanga highway that was affected after a seasonal river burst its banks following heavy rainfall in Kitengela municipality of Kajiado County, near Nairobi, Kenya May 1, 2024. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

The death toll in Kenya now surpasses that of the floods triggered by the El Nino weather phenomenon that wreaked havoc last year.

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The town of Mai Mahiu in central Kenya has been especially hard hit, with at least 48 individuals losing their lives in flash floods on Monday alone.

The search and rescue efforts have been ongoing, with the recovery of two bodies from the debris on Wednesday. The deployment of military personnel and sniffer dogs has been crucial in locating and retrieving the victims.

In Kitengela, Kenya Red Cross workers were bravely working to help rescue residents whose homes were surrounded by flood waters, located 33 km from Nairobi.

They were also going the extra mile to rescue tourists who were trapped at camps in Narok, which is 215 km away from the capital city, as reported by the Kenya Red Cross.

The situation had become so dire that Kenya’s national highways authority had to take measures by closing a section of a highway leading to the city, as well as three other roads across the country due to flooding and debris.

Kenya flood toll rises to 181 as homes and roads destroyed www.whoownsafrica.com
Residents wade through flood waters after a seasonal river burst its banks following heavy rainfall in Kitengela municipality of Kajiado County, near Nairobi, Kenya May 1, 2024. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

The disaster had even caught the attention of Pope Francis, who expressed his sympathy and solidarity with the people of Kenya during a general audience at the Vatican.

He acknowledged the tragic loss of lives, injuries, and widespread destruction caused by the severe flooding, offering his spiritual support to the nation during this difficult time.

Government spokesperson Isaac Mwaura announced that the death toll has risen by 10 to 179, underscoring the gravity of the situation.

The devastating impact of last year’s drought followed by heavy rains paints a grim picture of the climate challenges facing East Africa.


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