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24 Nov 2019 | 05:04 PM UTC

Kenya: Death toll rises from landslides in the northwest November 24 /update 2

At least 56 people killed in West Pokot County as of November 24 due to landslides; more rain forecast in coming days

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Event

According to local officials, at least 56 people have been killed by landslides in West Pokot County as of Sunday, November 24. Heavy rainfall has been impacting the region since Friday, November 22, causing flooding and mudslides and leaving roads inaccessible. Rescue and recovery operations are ongoing as of Sunday evening (local time).

More rainfall is forecast in West Pokot County over the coming days, which may cause additional landslides. Consequent transportation disruptions are to be expected in affected areas over the near term.

Advice

Individuals in West Pokot County are advised to monitor local weather reports, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.