Kenya: Heavy rains and flooding claims over 14 lives

The severe rains which began early this week, began causing havoc in rural counties causing landslide in Murang'a town area on Monday night one person reported missing.

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building-collapse-kenya-floods-7Kenya news agencies are reporting over 14 deaths in Nairobi and other parts of the country resulting from the heavy rain and flooding in high density residential areas in Nairobi and rural areas in the Northern, Central, and Western parts of the country.

HAVOC

The severe rains which began early this week, began causing havoc in rural counties causing landslide in Murang’a town area on Monday night one person reported missing. Parts of Narok and Meru areas in central Kenya also experienced flooding and landslides several people are reported missing and presumed dead. In Kalokol town, along the shores of Lake Turkana, 3 elderly women are missing and presumed dead following the heavy rains. Herds of small livestock carried away during flash floods in areas in Northern Kenya, mostly Marsabit County.

COLLAPSED STRUCTURES

Huruma estate building on Friday night collapsed killing 7 people and injuring over 120 others. There are ongoing rescue efforts at the disaster site. (for more details read: Huruma Building Collapses)

3 people were killed in Nairobi after a perimeter wall on a road leading to a residential area neighbouring the central business district (CBD) collapsed on them as they shielded from the rain. Also, the wall of the house between the Russian Embassy and Department of Defence around central Nairobi area came down during the downpour on Friday night. On Thursday evening, a tree fell blocking the road leading to the central business district and a perimeter wall collapsed between MP Shah and Cancer Care hospital blocks.

FLOODED ROAD IN NAIROBI

Beginning Thursday night Nairobi has been enduring heavy down pours and flash flooding along major roads entering the CBD and around some residential areas.  Roads leading to Hurlingham, Lavington, Industrial Area, Westlands, Museum Hill, Pangani and Kenyatta avenue areas in the city were flooded Friday night. Roads leading to  South C and B estates and well as residential localities along the Thika Road Superhighway were flooded and blocked by debris and water.

Govenment and County of Nairobi officials including President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta are attempting to answer questions from the public and the media concerning lives lost and damages to homes and businesses around the country. More news and live coverage of the ongoing rescue operations at Huruma estate Nairobi will be updated in the course of the day.

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