Updated April 26th, 2024 at 23:26 IST

Floods in Kenya: At Least 70 People Reported Dead with More Heavy Rain Expected Over the Weekend

More than 130,000 Kenyans have been affected by the floods, as of now, with thousands of houses being washed away.

Kenyan weather authorities have warned of more heavy rain over the coming weekend. | Image:AP
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Nairobi:  Flooding and heavy rains in Kenya have killed at least 70 people since mid-March, a government spokesperson said Friday, twice as many as were reported earlier this week. The East African country has seen weeks of heavy rains and severe flooding in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, as well as in the country's western and central regions.

Kenya's government spokesperson Isaac Mwaura on Friday refuted claims that hundreds of people have died in the ongoing flooding and said the official tally now stands at 70.

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Five bodies were retrieved Friday from a river in Makueni county, east of the country, after a lorry they were traveling in was swept off a submerged bridge, local station Citizen TV reported. Another 11 were rescued.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua said Friday at a news briefing that the government had set aside four billion Kenya shillings ($29 million) for emergency relief efforts, but did not provide further details.

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More than 130,000 people are currently affected with thousands of houses washed away and others flooded. Some 64 public schools in the capital were flooded and had to shut down. Roads and bridges have been damaged or destroyed.

The Kenya Meteorological Department on Friday issued a heavy rainfall advisory for the weekend and urged residents to be vigilant.

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Other East African countries have reported flooding with 155 people reported to have died in neighboring Tanzania and more than 200,000 people affected in Burundi.

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Published April 26th, 2024 at 23:26 IST