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Floods Kill Dozens in Kenya

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7Dnews London - AP

Sun, 06 May 2018 09:50 GMT

Six people drowned in Kenya in overnight flooding on 3 May and 11 others are missing, local authorities said on Friday, the latest of dozens of deaths caused by heavy seasonal rains in recent weeks.

Kajiado County police chief Kipkemboi Rop said they are looking for bodies at the site of the floods after the Kandisi River overflowed its banks on the outskirts of the capital, Nairobi.

At least 80 people have been killed and 244,000 people displaced from their homes by the heavy rains since March, said the UN humanitarian agency on Thursday.

The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies estimated that 100 have been killed over the weeks of flooding, with 29 counties affected.

"Livestock has also been affected, and crops, because most people were growing crops for the rainy season," said the organisation's disaster management delegate, Marshall Mukuvare.

It is feared that the floods will trigger or worsen outbreaks of diseases such as malaria and cholera, warned the aid group.  


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