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Narok floods death toll climbs to 15, nine others missing

Floods in Narok Town have claimed 15 lives in the last two days. Nine other people are unaccounted for and five were were being treated in hospitals.

On Wednesday, the county’s security committee said the toll was likely to rise.

Several people are feared trapped in a building which collapsed on Tuesday night.

Enkare-Narok River burst its banks with the flood water sweeping through the town and its surroundings.

County Commissioner Arthur Osiya said some bodies were found more than five kilometres downstream while others were stuck on the guard rails of a bridge on the Narok-Bomet road.

Red Cross, National Youth Service and the National Disaster Preparedness teams led the search and rescue efforts. More than 10 vehicles were swept into the river.

Two police helicopters were helping in the search and rescue mission on Wednesday.

Eight people were being treated at the County Referral Hospital on Wednesday.

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru had to turn back to Nairobi at Maai Mahiu because heavy rains made it impossible for her to be driven to Narok to assess the situation.

In Homa Bay County, three girls died in Ogande Village on Tuesday while swimming in an abandoned quarry.
In Budalangi, hundreds of farmers are counting losses after floods destroyed their crops. The farmers, led by Mr John Ojanji, said they may not harvest anything this year.

“My three-acre farm of beans, millet and maize has been destroyed,” he said.