, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 4 – More than 15 people and hundreds of livestock are feared dead countrywide due to the current heavy downpour and resultant floods, which have been attributed to the El Nino rains.
In its provisional report covering the past two weeks, the Kenya Red Cross said on Monday that Turkana District was worst hit with at least 20,000 people affected by floods.
Kenya Red Cross Communications Manager Titus Mung’ou said heavy losses on livestock farms, infrastructure and households had been reported in various parts of the country.
Mr Mung’ou said search and rescue activities as well as provision of relief aid had been intensified including “distribution of non-food items in Mogotio, Koibatek, Marigat, Naivasha, and Nakuru as well as health intervention in Marigat (medical camp) and continued response in parts of West Kenya and Coast regions”.
The main road linking Kenya to Southern Sudan was cut off after floods were reported in Kongelai, West Pokot affecting more than 160 households.
In the North Rift floods were experienced in Mogotio and Marigat where close to 550 households were affected. In Kikopey in Gilgil and Moindabi in Naivasha, 509 people were reported to have been displaced.
Meanwhile the aid agency has advised residents of East Pokot to move to higher grounds and avoid further deaths after River Ng’inyang burst its banks. The same has also been advised to residents of Nyando and Migori in West Kenya.
Meanwhile, raging flood waters killed a man in Laikipia West district on Sunday. Raphael Karanja 24, was heading home from Jebi trading centre when he slid and fell into a seasonal river that forms at King’uka area along the Nyahururu-Rumuruti road.
According to the mother Nancy Wanjiru, the deceased had stopped by the roadside for an on-coming vehicle to pass but he slipped into the waters and was swept away.
Police retrieved the body an hour later two kilometres downstream and took it to Nyahururu District Hospital Mortuary.