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More and more people are missing in the floods in Kenya

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People try to clear the area where a dam burst on Monday. Almost 50 people have been found dead, and over 80 are missing in the floods at Mai Mahiu. Photo: Patrick Ngugi / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 30.04.2024 16:44:57

Weather: At least 48 people have lost their lives and a further 84 are missing in the town of Mai Mahiu in the center of the country. Survivors tell how houses, cars and railway tracks were washed away by masses of water and mud after a dam burst on Monday

A total of 169 people have been confirmed dead in various parts of Kenya since the rains began over four weeks ago.

Tabitha Wanja has lost eight family members, including a seven-month-old niece.

– This is a bad dream. We have lost almost everyone in the family. This is our darkest hour, she tells the Reuters news agency before breaking into tears.

The rainy weather and floods have continued throughout April, and in total over 190,000 people have been internally displaced. Almost 150,000 of them live in the capital, Nairobi.

More rain is forecast for the next few days.

(© NTB)

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