Almost 200 killed in Kenya flooding


Nearly 200 Kenyans have been killed by floods and landslides caused by recent heavy rain in the East African country.

A statement from the presidency said people were being evacuated from flood-prone areas in several counties, with major dams having reached their maximum capacity.

“So far, 194 people have been killed by floods and related hazards, especially in Western Kenya, Central, and Coastal regions.

“Crops running into 8,000 acres (3,240 hectares) have also been swept away” while water supply infrastructure to the capital Nairobi, central Nyeri, western Kisumu and Nakuru, has been destroyed by floodwaters,” the statement said.

Government spokesman Cyrus Oguna said on Twitter that over the past three weeks, the water has also displaced 100,000 people and washed away acres of crops and some vital infrastructure.

In Budalangi, western Kenya, residents have had to carry their belongings away from their submerged houses using boats and motorbikes, after the River Nzoia burst its banks.

Neighbouring Uganda, where Lake Victoria has reached unprecedented levels, has also felt the impact of heavy rains, which are expected to continue for weeks.

At the end of last year, rain-triggered disasters, including flash floods and landslides, killed at least 250 people and affected some three million people across East Africa.

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