Flash floods kill 3 in northwest Kenya

Three people were Monday evening killed by flash floods after heavy downpour in Narok County, northwest Kenya, the police confirmed on Tuesday.

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Narok South divisional police commander Philip Kipkirui said the three, among them two children, were returning home from grazing fields when they were swept away by torrential floods in Talek area near world-famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve.

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Kipkirui said the three were washed away by the raging floods while attempting to cross a seasonal river, which had already busted its bank.

“They estimated that they can still cross over Kolong River but the flood was too strong for them and swept away for few metres together with their livestock,” said Kipkirui.

Kipkirui said the heavy downpour started at around 2 pm on Monday and also paralysed activities at the park as some of the region were flooded. The police boss urged the locals to exercise caution to avoid calamities.
“We ask the locals to keep off the flooded areas and move to higher grounds,” said Kipkirui.

The incident came after the meteorology department warned that Narok County will experience serious El Nino rains in the next few weeks.

Narok region has been prone to frequent flooding. In April, 15 people were killed after floods hit Narok town and destruction properties worth million of shillings.

In 2010, five people when the saloon car they were traveling in was swept away by the floods in Ntulele area died during the Easter festivities.

The worst case in the history of the region having hit Narok town, though, was in 1993 when a 45-minute rain killed more than 23 people, swept several cars away and destroyed many livelihoods. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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