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At least 15 killed as rains wreak havoc in Kenya

At least 15 people have been killed, scores injured and property worth millions of shillings destroyed by the heavy rains pounding parts of Kenya in the last 72 hours.

Kenyans were on Friday morning counting losses and assessing damages caused by the downpour that wreaked havoc in the capital Nairobi, Mt Kenya and parts of Coast and northeastern.

4 DROWN

In Machakos, four bodies were retrieved from River Athi at Joska-Kamulu bridge along Nairobi-Kangundo highway on Friday morning.

Matungulu police boss Samuel Mukuusi said the victims drowned while crossing the flooded river on Thursday night.

The bridge was washed away after swollen Athi River breached its banks following the Thursday downpour.

In Kitui County, five people died after they were swept away by the Enziu River, in Mwingi East Sub-County on Thursday.

According to the Kenya Red Cross Society, the search for the bodies was still on by the end of Thursday.

In Nakuru and Narok counties, flash floods caused by heavy downpour had claimed three lives by on Wednesday evening; among the victims was a secondary school student.

2 CHILDREN

In Taita Taveta, two children, aged eight and five, died after they drowned in separate incidents.

In Mwatate, a five-year-old boy was swept away by floods as he tried to cross Mwatate River on Thursday evening.

According to police, the Standard Two pupil at Maili Kumi Primary School was heading home from school when he met his death.

Mwatate police chief Francis Mwangi on Friday said the body of the boy was found lying in a ditch downstream at Chakaleri area.

“The boy was alone when the incident happened,” he said.

He said the body was taken to Moi County Referral Hospital mortuary in Voi.

QUARRY

In Taveta, an eight-year-old boy drowned on Friday while swimming in an abandoned quarry in Lesesia area.

County police commander Fred Ochieng said the father of the deceased reported that his son was grazing goats when he drowned.

“The ditch was a quarry so due to the ongoing rains it has been filled with water,” he said.

The body of the boy was taken to Taveta sub-county hospital for postmortem.

In Meru, a man was swept by floods at Mugae along the Ruiri-Isiolo road following the heavy on Thursday evening.

Kenya Red Cross Society Central region coordinator Gitonga Mugambi on Friday said another person was rescued by Red Cross emergency response team after he tried to cross the road on a motorbike.

CAUTION

Several motorists and other road users were stranded for several hours while others were forced to use alternative routes.

The raging waters from higher areas of Kibirichia cut off the Ruiri-Isiolo road.

“The body of the man who was swept away is yet to be recovered. Residents of areas such as Maua, Athwana and Mukothima in Tharaka-Nithi should be careful due to the heavy rains,” Mr Mugambi said.

Other areas prone to flooding in Meru include Kagaene along Meru-Mikinduri road, Lailuba along Muriri-Isiolo road and Muthara market.

Mr Mugambi said there was a need for administrators to enforce bans on quarrying until the rains subside to prevent deaths.

Meru County commissioner Wilfred Nyagwanga cautioned motorists against using flooded roads.

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