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15 killed as flooding hits Kenya

Nov 6, 2023 #Feature

At least 15 people have died in Kenya as floods swept away scores of houses and devastated farmland following torrential rains, the Red Cross said on Monday, November 6.

The country has been battered by torrential rains and raging floods gushing into homes and submerging roads.

“As of yesterday, 15,264 households have been affected, with 15 casualties reported,” the Kenya Red Cross said on X, formerly Twitter.

More than 1,000 livestock have died while at least 240 acres (97 hectares) of agricultural farmland have been destroyed, it added.

The UN’s humanitarian agency, OCHA, said last month that eastern Africa would likely encounter heavier than normal rains over the October-December period because of the El Nino phenomenon.

Kenya’s Meteorological Department also warned last week that the heavy rains were “likely to be accompanied by gusty winds”.

“The strong winds may blow off roofs, uproot trees, and cause structural damages,” it said in an advisory.

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