Loss of life toll from Kenya landslides rises to 56 as heavy rains lash nation’s north west

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Individuals stroll within the mud after heavy rains brought on landslides within the village of Parua, West Pokot County, Kenya November 23, 2019. Information/Moses Lokeris

MOMBASA (Information) – The loss of life toll from landslides in northwestern Kenya triggered on Saturday by unusually heavy rains has risen to not less than 56 individuals, a neighborhood official mentioned.

The downpour started on Friday in West Pokot County, which borders Uganda, and worsened in a single day, inflicting flooding and mudslides that swept away 4 bridges and left villages inaccessible by highway.

Samuel Poghisio, a senator from the county, advised Information by cellphone on Sunday that 56 individuals have been confirmed lifeless and an unknown quantity have been lacking. By Saturday afternoon, native officers had reported 36 lifeless.

“Rescue operations are pissed off by extra rain and fog,” Poghisio wrote in a textual content message, including that police helicopters have been struggling to succeed in the flooded areas.

Kenya’s president on Saturday deployed rescue personnel from businesses together with the military and the police to attempt to stop the “additional lack of lives”.

Researchers have warned that warming oceans are inflicting unpredictable climate patterns in East Africa.

Heavy rains and floods have killed greater than 50 individuals and compelled lots of of 1000’s of individuals from their houses within the area since October, help teams mentioned earlier this month.

Kenya is experiencing a heavier than standard wet season, the Kenya Meteorological Division mentioned in early November.

Reporting by Joseph Akwiri; Writing by Maggie Fick; Enhancing by Kirsten Donovan