, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 5 – Heavy flooding across Kenya has killed at least 34 people, police said Tuesday, raising the previous death toll of 22.
Bodies of 12 people swept away by the raging waters were recovered in a region recently devastated by a severe drought, said Francis Munyambu, the police chief of the Rift Valley province.
"There are more people who have been found dead in different areas after they were washed away by the floods. Most rivers are swollen and people cannot cross," Munyambu said.
Torrential rains have deluged several parts of the country since Christmas, sweeping away houses, destroying crops and livestock, and displacing at least 20,000 people.
"We have been trying to help move people out of the affected areas but accessing the areas is difficult. Most bridges have been cut off," he added.