Seven perish in Baringo as floods wreak havoc

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By KBC Reporters

Seven people have perished and over two thousand others left homeless following heavy rainfall in different parts of Baringo County.

It is feared that more than 500 pupils may not resume learning as at least 9 schools remain flooded.

Baringo County Police Commandant Peter Ndung’u, confirmed that two people were swept away by the floods raising the death toll to seven.

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Livestock were also swept away and business premises as well as homes destroyed.

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The most affected areas are Ilchamus, Loropil, Sintaan, Ngambo, Labos and some parts of Marigat ward.

Baringo County Deputy Governor Mathew Tuitoek toured the affected areas and appealed to the National Government to release emergency funds. More than 500 pupils may not resume learning in Longewan, Salabani and Ng’ambo areas because at least 9 schools have been submerged.

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Chemolingot town has been rendered inaccessible after the Nginyang River Bridge was swept away.

Enterprising youth have rushed to cash in on the dilemma charging fees to ferry goods and travelers cross the river.

Nakumatt Ukay

Elsewhere, Ukay Centre shopping mall in the Westlands, Nairobi has temporarily suspended operations at Nakumatt Ukay Supermarket after the store was submerged.

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In a press release from the Supermarket chain, the store which previously operated on a round the clock basis, at the Ukay Centre Ground and Mezzanine floors, will remain closed for an indefinite period.

The statement said “Following the temporary suspension of operations, Nakumatt Highridge Supermarket, will now operate, as a 24hour outlet, to meet the immediate customer needs within the Westlands, Parklands Business districts and their environs.”

 

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