Floods Wreck Havoc in Turkana as Weatherman Warns of More Rains

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Part of the Kitale-Lodwar road that has been cut by the raging floods due to the heavy rains pounding the country. Photo/File

Even as most parts of the country continue to receive heavy rainfalls, most arid areas have been hard hit by the raging floods which have left many dead and others homeless.

Turkana county has become the latest worst-hit county after two people were swept away and killed by flash floods that swept through the county on Friday after heavy rains.

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Confirming the incident, Turkana Central Sub-County Police Commander David Mburukwa stated that the two died after floods that marooned hundreds of villagers in both Turkana Central and Loima sub-county persisted.

“We have retrieved a body at Lodwar Livestock Market and moved it to the Lodwar County and Referral Hospital and another one at Loima. This is besides many livestock that have been swept away,” Mr Mburukwa communicated


The heavy rains have also cut a section of the Kitale-Lodwar and Lokichogio road paralyzing transport and business activities along the two highways after the usually dry river beds burst their banks.

Also affected is a section of the road leading to Moi gardens stadium where the Mashujaa day celebrations in the county will be held on Sunday.

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A view of the fish market in Lodwar following heavy rains in several parts of Turkana County, September 13, 2019. Photo/File

This comes at a time when weatherman has warned that there will be intensified rains in the coastal region, the northeast, the highlands east and west of the Rift Valley and the southeast lowlands, especially in the early morning hours.

So far, a total of 20 people have lost their lives due to the heavy rains that started a week ago with more than 20,000 displaced and a number of properties destroyed.

Red Cross Communications Manager Peter Abwao has warned Kenyans to observe safety measures including carrying umbrellas, being on the lookout for flash floods, moving to higher grounds and not to drive, walk or swim through flooded areas or moving water.




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