At least 40 people have died and thousands have been left homeless after torrential rains battered parts of Kenya on Friday (13 May).
At least 40 people have died and thousands have been left homeless after torrential rains battered parts of Kenya on Friday (13 May). It is estimated that more than 21,000 people are urgently in need of food and clothing.
SYNOPSIS: One of the worst affected areas was Kinyago, a suburb of Nairobi. As much as seven inches (177.8 mm) fell there in 12 hours, and the heavy rains swelled small streams and rivers, turning them into raging torrents that swept away thousands of homes. Many families are still trying to salvage their damaged huts.
City officials organised a tour of the stricken area on Friday as part of the campaign to ??? flood victims. A special committee has already raised 71,000 pounds sterling (150,000 U.S. dollars) assistance. Among the officials on the tour was the Attorney General's wife, Margaret Njono.
Damage was not confined to Nairobi and there was widespread flooding in the coastal and western provinces. Acres of crops have been destroyed and top soil washed away. Many roads, including a major new highway, also collapsed. Some residents were forced to ford rivers because bridges were washed away, and in some areas dykes have been built to control the flooding.
Although this is regarded as the rainy season in Kenya, residents haven't seen rains as heavy as this for 16 years. As the death toll continued to rise, flood victims wait anxiously for some sign of relief, but the rains are expected to continue until mid-June.