Kenya floods toll rises to nine

March 8, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 8 – The number of people who have died as a result of the ongoing heavy rains in parts of the country has risen to nine.

Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) Communication Manager Titus Mung’ou said four more  died after they were struck by lightning while more than 10,000 others had been affected by the raging floods and landslides during this month of March.

“Affected means those displaced, lost property and other sources of livelihood,” Mr Mung’ou said.

The French news agency AFP however said 11 people had been killed by the heavy floods across the country in the past four days.

AFP reported that five people drowned over the weekend while six others were killed last week as heavy rains swelled rivers and swept away homes.

"The crisis is getting worse by day because at least 2,000 people are at great risk and need urgent evacuation in the affected areas," AFP said.

On Friday, KRCS reported that five people were missing and tens of manyattas destroyed by the raging floods, while nearly 600 tourists and staff at 10 lodges in Samburu and Isiolo were displaced.
Mr Mung’ou said Lokori had the highest number of people affected totaling 3,600 followed by Mandera with 2,100 people affected.

Other hard-hit areas are Tinderet, Garbatula, Samburu and Isiolo, which had 2, 000, 1,200 and 600 people affected respectively while Marsabit and Moyale had 420 and 197 persons affected.

He said over 500 livestock deaths had also been recorded so far, 280 in Moyale, 200 in Gafarsa, 50 in Lokori and three in Tinderet.

The ongoing long rain season is expected to last for three months between March and May.


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