West Pokot landslide death toll rise to 30, evacuation underway

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The death toll in the West Pokot landslide tragedy rose to 30 on Saturday evening with several people reported missing.

The government through Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said the tragedy affected two regions.

“We are saddened to confirm that 12 people from Tapach and Parua in Pokot South, and 17 from Tamkal in Pokot Central lost their lives,” read statement from Interior CS.

Matiang’i said search and recovery efforts were underway led by Rift Valley Regional Security Committee with the help of government and humanitarian agencies led by the Kenya Red Cross.

“The government has deployed military and police choppers to scale up responses and respond to immediate needs of affected families while rescue and recovery efforts remain a priority,” he said.

Governor John Lonyangapuo has urged residents in the affected areas to relocate to safer grounds.

“We are telling our people and those in neighbouring counties, that the situation is unpredictable especially in the hilly areas therefore be advised to self-evacuate to until the rains subside,” he said.

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