At least 42 people have been confirmed dead after a landslide triggered by heavy rainfall hit Kenya’s West Pokot region.
The bodies of victims have been retrieved, with 12 more feared trapped in the mud. The disaster destroyed roads, bridges, and other vital infrastructure, severely affecting rescue operations.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent his condolences to families who lost their relatives to the disaster. “To those who were injured in the calamitous incident and are receiving treatment in different hospitals, I pray for your quick recovery and restoration,” he added. He has since ordered the deployment of the armed forces and rescue services to help in emergency rescue operations.
The Kenyan Meteorological Department has also issued an emergency weather update urging people in landslide-prone areas to move to safer ground as torrential rains continue.
Since October, Kenya has witnessed heavy rains that killed at least 50 people and displaced thousands from their homes.