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Death toll on the rise due to the ongoing floods

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So far over 200 lives have been lost following heavy downpour that caused raging floods across the country.

In one of the latest incidents that occurred, over 30 people have been reported dead after a dam in Solai area, Nakuru County, busted its banks.

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The dam, located in a farm of a prominent farmer, Manskul Patel, collapsed at around 8pm, swept away houses and ruined property in the area.

Nakuru Governor, Lee Kinyanjui, visited the affected area confirmed the destruction of the two villages by the floods.

“I visited two villages in Solai, Subukia that were swept away after a dam burst its banks. We will donate foodstuff and other items to the displaced families”.

The recent incident left the highest number of casualty of 39 deaths.

Governor Kinyanjui added that Kenya Red Cross Society is closely working with the various security agencies on the rescue and retrieving mission.

The national government has so far distributed foodstuffs worth Kshs. 600 million according to statistics released by the Interior Principal Secretary, Karanja Kibicho.

The report indicates that over 200,000 people have been displaced as a result of the ongoing rains in flood-prone areas across the country.

“The government will continue carrying out various mitigation activities across the floods affected parts of the country to; rescue marooned citizens, distribute food, medicine and water, and restore water and sanitation systems to ensure hygienic conditions,” Kibicho said in a statement.

According to Kenya Red Cross Society, Tana River, Turkana, Garissa, Taita Taveta, Mandera, Wajir, Isiolo, Marsabit, West Pokot, Samburu and Narok have been the worst hit areas.

In a separate incident in Taita Taveta, a bridge linking Marodo village to a primary school had earlier been swept away by flashing floods forcing a number of pupils to miss classes in the area.

In a similar report confirmed by Taveta Sub-county Director of Education, Abdulatif Hassan, at least 56 pupils from Lotima Primary School were not attending classes due to fear of crocodile attack.

“The destruction has exposed residents to danger of being attacked by the crocodiles”.

The death toll has been on the rise with different incidents happening around the country as the National government together with the Red-Cross community keeps urging communities living around water bodies to move to higher grounds for safety.

By George Ogallo

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