Devastating Flash Floods Claim 169 Lives in Kenya


Kenya is reeling under the weight of heavy rainfall as devastating flash floods wreak havoc across several regions, claiming the lives of 169 people, according to a statement by Government Spokesman Isaac Mwaura.

The toll was confirmed on Monday evening, with Mwaura revealing that a dam burst in the western town of Mai Mahiu resulted in the deaths of 48 individuals and severely impacted numerous others.

The East African nation is currently grappling with El Nino-induced above-average rainfall, as forecasted by the Kenya Meteorological Department. Predictions suggest that the heavy rainfall will persist throughout the week, posing the threat of further flooding and landslides in various areas.

The recent deluge has triggered major flash floods in Nairobi, Makueni, West Pokot, and Machakos counties, causing substantial loss of life and property. Additionally, critical infrastructure has been severely affected, with main roads rendered impassable and businesses disrupted nationwide. As a result, the reopening of schools has been postponed by a week.

To address the crisis, a national multi-agency flood emergency team has been deployed, focusing on providing essential aid such as food, clean water, medical supplies, and conducting rescue operations. Mwaura attributed the unprecedented rainfall to climate change, underscoring the urgency of mitigation efforts.

The situation has exacerbated Kenya’s existing humanitarian crisis, following the El Nino floods in late 2023, which claimed at least 178 lives, injured 242, and displaced thousands. In response, Kithure Kindiki, the cabinet secretary of the interior and administration, has ordered the immediate inspection of all public and private dams and water reservoirs within 24 hours.

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