Kenya – Many Missing After Heavy Rain Triggers Mudslides in West

Update 20 April 2020:

On 20 April local media reported 4 dead, 24 missing and 4,000 displaced “following massive landslides on Saturday evening that hit Kipchumwa and Chesegon villages on the border of Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot counties.”

Kenya’s Met Department said via Social Media that several houses including a police post have been swept away. Other reports said “the incident happened after Lomut River broke its banks flooding the region and wrecking havoc.”

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Original report, 19 April 2020:

Heavy rainfall has triggered flooding and mudslides in western Kenya, leaving at least 15 people missing.

Heavy rain from 18 April affected areas along the borders Elgeyo-Marakwet and West Pokot counties in the west of Kenya.

Kenya Red Cross reported on 19 April that approximately 15 people were reported missing after a mudslide in the Kipchumwa and Kaben areas in Elgeiyo Marakwet County. The organisation later reported that 6 people rescued and taken to a health centre in Kaboron.

In a statement of 19 April, the government of Kenya said that heavy rain on 18 April triggered a mudslide in Chesegon, West Pokot County, leaving a trail of destruction.

Further south in Narok County, at least 1 person died and 3 were injured after a mudslide on 17 April in Narok South Sub-county, according to local media.

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