Death toll rises to 70 in Kenyan floods as more rain expected

April 27, 2024 by No Comments

Flooding and heavy rains in Kenya have led to at least 70 deaths since mid-March, a government spokesperson said Friday, doubling the number reported earlier this week. The East African country has experienced weeks of heavy rains and severe flooding in , as well as in the country’s western and central regions. on Friday refuted claims that hundreds of people have died in the ongoing flooding and said the official tally now stands at 70. Five bodies were retrieved Friday from a river in Makueni county, east of the country, after a lorry they were traveling in was swept off a submerged bridge, local station Citizen TV reported. Another 11 were rescued. said Friday at a news briefing that the government had allocated 4 billion Kenya shillings ($29 million) for emergency relief efforts, but did not provide further details. More than 130,000 people are currently affected with thousands of houses washed away and others flooded. Some 64 public schools in the capital were flooded and had to shut down. Roads and bridges have been damaged or destroyed. The Kenya Meteorological Department on Friday issued a heavy rainfall advisory for the weekend and urged residents to be vigilant. Other East African countries have reported flooding, with 155 people reported to have died in neighboring Tanzania and more than 200,000 people affected in Burundi.