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Ninety reported missing, 188 dead as an effect of ongoing rains

By Antynet Ford

At least 188 people have been reported dead, ninety reported missing and 125 injured due to ongoing heavy rains in the country, the Ministry of Interior has said.

A total of  33,100 household have been displaced affecting approximately 165,500 people.

In total, at least 196,296 people have been impacted by the heavy rains.

Further, Interior affairs Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki has said 1,967 schools have been affected by the floods.

Kindiki said the emergency response teams from Narok County alongside the County Security team and Red Cross successfully evacuated 90 individuals in coordinated efforts by ground and aerial units in the Masai Mara.

Nineteen lodges at Mara were yesterday reported flooded after River Talek overflowed.

The CS said there were no fatalities reported, adding that a tracing desk has been set up at the Masai Mara Sekenani Gate.

In Mai Mahiu, Nakuru County 151 Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) are actively engaged, where 52 deceased persons have been retrieved and 51 people still missing following the mudslide tragedy.

The Mai Mahiu-Narok Road is now clear and open for traffic movement.

At least 400 National Youth Service (NYS) members have also been deployed to reinforce the ongoing search and rescue operations in both Mai Mahiu and Talek Area, Narok County.

A nationwide assessment of all dams has been conducted and 192 dams identified to be high risk.

They are distributed as follows: in Central (60), Eastern (39), Rift Valley (29), Coast(22), Western (21),  Nairobi (12), North Eastern (5) and Nyanza (4).

Kindiki stated that inspection teams have been dispatched to ascertain the dams’ integrity.

He said there is a need for food, medical kits and non-food items in the counties where search and rescue operations are still ongoing including  Nairobi, Kirinyaga, Homa Bay and Tana River Counties.

It is expected that there will be favourable weather in the North Eastern (Isiolo, Wajir, Mandera, Garissa) and South Eastern (Taita Taveta, Kitui, Tana River) regions.

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This, Kindiki said, sets the stage for post-flood recovery initiatives in public works, the reconstruction of schools, repairs to water treatment systems, road repairs and improvements to the accessibility of social and economic facilities.

In the last 24 hours,  Nairobi, Kajiado, Nakuru, Mandera and Homa Bay Counties have suffered from flooding, with landslides and mudslides continuing to occur in Muranga and Nakuru Counties.

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