Death Toll Rises To 42 In Kenya’s Landslide

The death toll form a landslide triggered by heavy rain in Kenya’s West Pokot region has risen to 42, according to  the region’s top government official

The country commissioner Apollo Okelo says  that 11 bodies are yet to be retrieved.

Officials say villages have been cut off by flooded roads and at least one bridge has reportedly swept away.

Aid groups said earlier this month says that at least 50 people have been killed and thousands displaced from their homes in the region since October,

President Uhuru Kenyatta said in a statement on Saturday that his “heartfelt condolences” were with the relatives and friends of the victims.

Mr Kenyatta said there had been “massive destruction” of property and infrastructure, and he had ordered the deployment of armed forces and rescue services to the area to help.

Kenya is experiencing a heavier than usual rainy season, according to the Kenya meteorological department.

 

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