NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 24 – Twenty-nine people have so far died in flood and landslide-related incidents following heavy rains across the country, Government Spokesman Cyrus Oguna said on Thursday.
Speaking during a press conference Oguna said another 6 people were injured in the raging floods affecting parts of the north eastern and coastal region.
The floods have damaged infrastructure of unknown value rendering key roads and bridges in Mandera, Wajir, Marsabit, Turkana, Garissa, Lamu, Kwale, and Mombasa impassible.
“Rescue operations have been moved to the affected areas and appealed to those living in flood prone areas to move to higher grounds,” he said
In total, twenty-five (25) counties in both the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) and non-ASAL regions have been adversely affected by the abnormally heavy rains.
These counties are: Mandera, Wajir, Marsabit, Turkana, Garissa, Lamu, Kwale, Isiolo, Samburu, Tana River, Kilifi, Taita Taveta, Makueni, Kitui, Machakos, Busia, Kisumu,Homa Bay, Migori, Siaya, Baringo, West Pokot, Elgeyo Marakwet and Trans-Nzoia.
11,700 people are said to be displaced and over 10,000 livestock lost.
Oguna however assured mechanisms to support disaster mitigation have been activate particularly to ensure this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education continues uninterrupted.
The government has assured its support to the affected persons and students partaking their examinations.
“The Government has put measures in place to ensure that all candidates in the affected areas sit for the exams,” he said.
The Kenya Meteorological Department on Wednesday issued an alert forecasting heavy rains across the country until Monday next week. The department said the rains may trigger flash floods.
The agency said flood waters are also expected to appear in places where heavy rainfall has not been experienced.