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1 May 2018
9:24 am

Heavy rains, landslides kill at least 100 in Kenya – Red Cross


At least 100 have died in the downpours since early April. The region is in need of emergency funding.

The idea of “Harambee” - self-help - was central to Jomo Kenyatta’s thinking and politics. bootbearwdc/Flickr, CC BY-ND

Reuters reported on Monday that Kenya’s Red Cross estimates at least 100 have died in the downpours since early April, a humanitarian disaster that it says needs emergency funding.

Hiribae Mame stood waist-deep in water outside her wrecked house in eastern Kenya, one of around 200 000 people forced to flee by weeks of floods, landslides and heavy rains, reported Reuters.

“I have lost 12 chicken and four goats. We were not able to save all of them and I can’t access the house because the door can’t open,” said the mother-of-four in the town of Tana River in lower Coast region.

Her youngest daughter clung to her neck, the girl’s feet just touching the water. Mattresses and wreckage floated by as handmade boats ferried people, animals and goods to safer ground.

– African News Agency (ANA)