Landslide kills 10 in Kenyan villages

April 30, 2010 12:00 am

, MARAKWET, Kenya, Apr 30 – At least ten people were killed in a landslide on Friday morning in Marakwet District following a heavy downpour in the area.

Kenya Red Cross Public Relations Officer Titus Mong\’ou told Capital News that the ten bodies were pulled out of the landslide in Kitony, Kaben and Tot divisions in Marakwet East.

Mr Mong\’ou said the villagers were doing their best to dig into the mud to retrieve those buried.

Following the disaster, Kenya Red Cross officials have flown to the area to provide emergency response kits.

"Kenya Red Cross Secretary General Abbas Gullet is now leaving in a chopper with emergency response kits. Villagers are doing all they can to dig into the mud," Mr Mong\’ou asserted.

Meanwhile, massive floods have also been reported in Moyale.

Similar landslides have been witnessed in Rachuonyo and Muranga districts after heavy downpours.

Nandi South is also another district affected by landslides this year. About 2,000 families were evacuated in Tinderet area.

Uganda\’s Buduba District encountered a massive one that left over 100 dead and 300 others missing.

Landslides and flooding remain serious natural disasters normally experienced during heavy rains.


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