Several Feared Dead After Flash Floods in Narok, Kenya

The streets of Narok town in Kenya were turned to rivers after a massive downpour yesterday, 28 April 2015.

Local media say that buildings have collapsed and at least 10 vehicles were swept away in the flooding. Some local media reports say that at least 5 bodies have been recovered from the floods. This figure is expected to rise as rescue operations continue. There are currently no official figures or confirmation regarding fatalities or missing people. Local police have asked people to report any missing person.

Narok County authorities have been coordinating with Narok County Emergency Team, Police, Kenya Red Cross and medics throughout the night as the try to contain the situation after the floods.

Kenya Red Cross are carrying out rescue operations in the area and have brought in a backup team from Nairobi. The Red Cross said that the Narok to Bomet road was blocked and response operations were being hampered by inaccessibility.

The County government is advising people to keep calm and avoid movement in town, stay indoors as long as possible and not leave their home unless absolutely necessary.

Floods set to Continue

In a statement yesterday, Narok County Government said:

“Forecasts suggest that weather conditions will continue to be very unsettled and will remain so throughout the week, with potentially intense rain falling on already saturated ground from tonight.

Further heavy rainfall is likely to increase river levels, leading to flooding of low-lying land and roads, as well as increasing the risk of groundwater flooding”.

Narok river floods. Photo: Gitonga Theuri @ Twitter
Narok river floods. Photo: Gitonga Theuri @ Twitter
Cars swept away in Narok River, Kenya. Photo: Kenya Red Cross
Cars swept away in Narok River, Kenya. Photo: Kenya Red Cross
Car swept away in Narok River, Kenya. Photo: Kenya Red Cross
Car swept away in Narok River, Kenya. Photo: Kenya Red Cross
Emergency health care for flood victims in Narok, Kenya. Photo: Marok County Government
Emergency health care for flood victims in Narok, Kenya. Photo: Narok County Government

Below is some video footage of the Narok floods from Kenya TV station, K24TV