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20 Apr 2020 | 01:18 AM UTC

Kenya: At least four killed and 28 missing after flash floods and mudslides in Elgeyo Marakwet April 19 /update 1

At least four people killed and 28 missing following flash floods and mudslides in Kipchumwa and Kaben (Elgeyo Marakwet county) on April 19; search and rescue efforts ongoing

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Event

At least four people have been killed and 28 others missing in Kipchumwa and Kaben (Elgeyo Marakwet county) following flash floods and mudslides on Sunday, April 19. Local media outlets reported that heavy rains which took place on Saturday, 18 April, resulted in flash flooding and mudslides across western Kenya, submerging and causing damage to surrounding schools, police posts, and houses. Government spokesman, Cyrus Oguna, stated that approximately 493 households have been displaced, while search and rescue efforts remain underway for 15 missing people in Elgeyo-Marakwet county. On Wednesday, April 15, Kenya's Meteorological Department issued flood warnings to several counties including West Pokot, Baringo, and Elgeyo Marakwet, and authorities have advised individuals in flood prone areas to move to safer grounds until the rain subsides. 

Advice

Individuals in Kenya, particularly Elgeyo-Marakwet, are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate lingering transportation and business disruptions, 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.