Dozens feared dead after landslides hit Kenya’s West Pokot County

16 people feared dead after massive landslides hit West Pokot County in Kenya
16 people are confirmed to be dead after massive landslides hit West Pokot County in Kenya

Officials confirm that 16 are confirmed dead after houses were swept away Saturday in landslides caused by heavy rain in West Pokot, local publication Daily Nation has reported.

The death toll is expected to rise as more bodies are pulled from the morass.

In an official Tweet, the Kenya Red Cross said its personnel have responded to the emergency.

Local chief of the area, Joel Bulal, who spoke to Daily Nation, confirmed that at least 12 people were buried alive when the landslides hit.

According to the local administrators, more people and animals could be trapped inside their homes after being buried by the landslide.

Transport has been paralysed with many roads being cut off due to the rain.

West Pokot region is currently experiencing heavy downpours, like many other arid and semi-arid areas.

More to follow…