Torrential rains and floods claim 34 lives in Kenya

Landslides caused by heavy rains left at least 34 people dead in western Kenya, Interior Minister Fred Matiang’i said on Saturday.

Among these victims, 29 people were killed in mudslides, Matiang’i said.

Of these, 17 died in the village of Takmal in Pokot Central District, while the remaining 12 were killed in the villages of Parua and Tapach in Pokot South.

Five other people died when their car was taken on the road between Kitale and Lodwar after the overflow of two rivers, said Apollo Okello, Commissioner of West Pokot County.

According to police officers, the death toll could still increase. The latest deaths bring to 72 the number of deaths in a month in Kenya.

More than one million people in East Africa have been affected by floods after heavy rainfall. The torrential rains have left tens of thousands displaced in Somalia, South Sudan and in Ethiopia.

In Tanzania, at least 10 people drowned when they were washed away by a flooding river in the far west of the country, in Mwanza district.

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