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Flash floods kill 14 in Northern Kenya

The death-toll from flash floods in North Eastern Kenya has risen to fourteen.

Authorities are asking for the locals to move away from flooded areas amid fears of a humanitarian crisis.

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Regional Commissioner calls on residents to keep off from flooded areas.

Speaking when he inspected the Garissa-Modogashe road that has been destroyed by the heavy rains, North Eastern Regional Commissioner John Otieno indicated that Mandera County was the most affected with seven deaths so far recorded.

In Wajir County, he disclosed that five had lost their lives while two others were swept away by floods in Garissa.

The RC cautioned both members of the public and motorists plying the area against crossing flooded roads to avoid disaster.

“It is unfortunate that all the victims met their deaths through drowning. I am cautioning members of the public to avoid water logged areas. And stop attempting to wade through flash floods. This Garissa-Modogashe road is one of those that should be avoided for now,” he said.

The regional head said so far 30,000 people have been displaced by the heavy rains across the region.

He said locals require urgent relief supplies that include food and non-food items but because most of their areas cannot be accessed by road, the government is working with other partners to airlift the same.

He singled out Elwak town in Mandera south as well as Buna in Wajir North as some of the most affected towns.

“The government together with development partners are taking measures to make sure that we are able to save lifes. We continue to appeal to all the partners to team up with the government to support the flood victims as the number continue to rise,” he said.

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