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Disaster Alerts as 6 Perish in in Kenya floods‎

Published on Saturday 6th March 2010 Disaster Alerts as 6 Perish in in Kenya floods‎

Six people have been confirmed dead and five others are reported missing following flash floods as heavy rains pound parts of the country. Two of the deaths were reported in Nakuru, one person in Mogotio and three children who drowned in Dukana, Marsabit district, according to Kenya Red Cross.

It has prompted the government to issue flood alerts in parts of Coast, Eastern, Western, Rift Valley and Nyanza provinces. More than 200 livestock have been swept away by floods and property of unknown value has been lost in Samburu, Isiolo, Nakuru and other parts affected by floods, including loss of crops in farms.

The government has sent disaster preparedness teams to parts of North Rift which are thought to be susceptible toA mudslides.

On Thursday, Kenya Army and Kenya Police helicopters, together with those from Lewa Conservancy, were deployed to help evacuate people stranded in tourist lodges in the Samburu area due to flooding.

Coast PC Earnest Munyi issued flood alert warnings to residents of Tana Delta and Tana River districts to move to higher grounds due to fears the Tana River could burst its banks.

Similar warnings were issued in Mt Elgon where there fears that landslides witnessed on the Ugandan side of the border could occur in Kenya.

The Red Cross alert said at least 120 houses have been submerged by floods in Garfasa in Garbatula, Upper Eastern Region and over 200 people displaced. Tens of manyattas, at least 190 goats and sheep, have been swept away by the raging floods. In total, 10 lodges in Samburu and Isiolo near Archers Post, were flooded, while close to 600 tourists and staff lost their belongings.

On Friday, the Meteorological department warned that floods are likely to occur in parts of Western province, especially in the flood-prone Budalangi and Kano areas.

Assistant director of meteorological services (climate prediction) James Muhindi said power generation is likely to improve since water level capacity in Turkwell, Ndakaini and Seven Forks dams will increase due to enhanced rainfall.

In Nakuru, two people drowned at Kaptembwa area in Rhoda Location. They were riding on boda boda bicycles. The body of a man was recovered, but efforts to recover a woman's body are ongoing. Kaptembwa Primary School is flooded, although the waters have subsided.

There has been increased rainfall in amount and intensity characterised by severe wind and thunderstorms in West Kenya region for the past one week. Areas under focus due to their high vulnerability to floods are Migori, Nyatike, Nyando, Muhoroni, Nyakach, Kisumu East and Kano plains. Further, Busia, Budalang'i and Teso in Western Kenya are flood-prone areas.

The heavy rains that started pouring down in the larger Mandera on Sunday caused the stream that passes through the town and drain to the river Daua to burst its banks and flood the settlement around. looding in Arabia, a settlement about 60kms south of Mandera town.

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