World Bulletin / News Desk
Five members of the same family in Kenya were buried alive Tuesday after heavy rainfall caused mudslides in Narok County, east of the capital Nairobi.
Kenya Red Cross regional coordinator Emmanuel Owako told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday that heavy rains, which started on Monday night, caused a deluge that swept away a number of houses and livestock in the Kanteiya and Enakishomi areas of the county.
“Five people, all from the same family, were buried alive by mud after the rains hit," Owako said noting that the bodies were retrieved on Tuesday. "The area is surrounded by hills and thus it was a disaster waiting to happen, I believe that the residents had been warned to vacate this area.”
“Over 300 cows were also swept away by the floods in Narok,” he added.
Most of the residents from Kenya’s Narok County are from the Maasai tribe who are nomadic pastoralists who depend on their livestock for a living.
Kenya is currently experiencing heavy rainfall as the dreaded El Nino rains start to pound the East African country.
According to an El Nino rainfall monitoring report released by the Red Cross on Tuesday, 56 families have so far been displaced by the heavy downpour and 585 others were affected by flash floods.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Kasım 2015, 14:40