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Floods update: At least 179 dead, 90 missing – Isaac Mwaura

Kenya has recorded 179 fatalities due to the ongoing floods across the nation, government spokesperson Isaac Mwaura has said.

Mwaura stated that within the past 24 hours alone, 10 individuals lost their lives, bringing the total death toll to 179, comprising 164 adults and 15 children.

Additionally, 125 Kenyans have sustained injuries and are currently undergoing treatment in various healthcare facilities nationwide.

“The government conveys its sincere condolences to the families and friends who have lost their loved ones and wishes a quick recovery to the injured.”

Expressing condolences to the affected families and wishing a swift recovery to the injured, Mwaura disclosed that 20 individuals have been reported missing, raising the count to 90.

The floods have resulted in the displacement of an additional 1,127 households, totalling 31,341 displaced households.

In response, the government has established displacement camps to offer alternative accommodation to those affected, with Relief Operations Centers operational at the National Cereals Produce Board (NCPB).

Senior government officials are spearheading response efforts in affected counties, with the Kenya Defence Forces aiding in recovery and evacuation operations.

Mwaura highlighted ongoing relief efforts, including the distribution of food and non-food items across the country. Relief operations are slated to continue for the next two months.

Notably, relief items such as rice, beans, blankets, kitchen sets, and sanitary pads have been distributed to various sub-counties.

“Distribution of food and non-food items continues across the country with a relief operation planned for the next two months,” Mwaura said.

The government has concluded the mapping of fragile ecosystems nationwide for early evacuation advisories.

Kenyans residing in high-risk areas, such as those near dams, water reservoirs, and landslide-prone regions, are urged to relocate within 48 hours by the end of Wednesday, 1 May.

“All Kenyans are requested to cooperate fully with emergency responders and local authorities during evacuations or rescue operations, especially in areas mapped out as high-risk areas.”
According to the weatherman, the rains will continue in most of the country.