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Pope Francis expresses sympathy for Kenyans affected by floods

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Pope Francis has expressed sympathy for Kenyans affected by devastating floods that so far have claimed the lives of over 170 people.

The Pope in a post on X said he was aware of the devastation caused by the severe floods assuring he was spiritually close to the people of Kenya.

He further called for prayers for all those affected.

“I am spiritually close to the people of #Kenya at this time when a severe flood has claimed many lives and destroyed vast areas. Let us pray together for all those who suffer the effects of this natural disaster”.

His message comes in the wake of intensified search and rescue operations by multi-agency teams including the military across the country.

The death toll from the Mai Mahiu tragedy stands at 46 with 75 reported missing. Hopes of finding survivors are dimming as heavy rains continue.

The incident happened Monday morning in Old Kijabe town when the walls of an old railway tunnel filled up with water broke, sweeping homes downstream.

The weather forecast from April 30 to May 6 indicates that heavy rainfall will continue over several parts of the country.

Close to 200,000 individuals have been affected in 36 counties. Nairobi, Tana River, West Pokot, and Homa Bay counties are the worst hit. Additionally, landslides and mudslides have impacted residents of Muranga and Nakuru Counties.

Meanwhile, a search and rescue operation is underway for tourists trapped by floodwaters in over 14 tourist camps in Talek, Narok, after the Talek River broke its banks.

The Kenya Red Cross has managed to rescue 36 people by air and another 25 through an aqua rescue team.

“In some camps, tents have been swept away, and the Mara Bridge, linking the Mara Triangle and the Greater Mara, has been washed away,” the humanitarian organization said.

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