Kenya: At leat 60 killed in landslides amid downpours

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At least 60 people have been killed in a landslide in West Pokot region following torrential downpours that began on Friday.

By Saturday, dozens of lives were known to be lost in the landslide but the official death toll reached 60 people on Sunday as the search for survivors continues. Authorities have warned the final death toll could still rise before rescue efforts come to a close.

Fatal landslide in West Pokot region

Heavy downpours began on Friday in West Pokot, along the shared border with Uganda. The torrential rain worsened overnight causing flooding and landslides that destroyed bridges and houses, leaving a number of villages inaccessible by road.

On Saturday, authorities said at least 36 people had been killed in the landslide while a number of others were still missing. The death toll was raised to 60 on Sunday as rescue personnel and security forces continue efforts to limit the number of fatalities caused by the weekend’s downpour.

Almost 5,000 families have been displaced by the flash floods, according to local reports.

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.