Kenya: Scores killed after flash floods sweep Kenyan town

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Scores of people have been killed by flash floods which hit Narok town, 150 km outside Nairobi, destroying houses, cars and other property, rescue workers and government officials said Wednesday.

At least 15 people were confirmed dead and eight people rescued after flood waters turned the town’s paths and roads into a stream, sweeping houses and people, a top county official in Narok said.

“We request everyone to remain calm and report to us any missing persons,” said Arthur Osiya, the Narok County commissioner.

The Kenya Red Cross said rescue workers managed to recover the bodies of nine people swept by the flash floods in Narok town and managed to rescue eight others, who sustained various injuries.

“The Red Cross is continuing recovery efforts. We are conducting downstream and upstream assessment. A back-up team from Nairobi has arrived in Narok to support the ongoing rescue operations,” the Red Cross said.

The floods were caused by the water overflowing from River Narok, which burst its banks after heavy rains upstream in the Mau Forest Complex. The rains disrupted transport on the Narok-Bomet road.

Red Cross officials said since the floods cut off road transport in some places, aid workers had a hard time responding to the emergency. Response operations were affected by inaccessibility of the place.

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29 april 2015 17:12:41

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