AU Expresses Sadness Over Deadly Landslide incident in Kenya

ADDIS ABABA – Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat expressed deep sadness following the deadly landslides hit northwestern part of Kenya.

Over 30 people died in landslides reportedly caused by heavy rains in Kenya’s West Pokot county.
Reports say the villages have been cut off by flooded roads and at least one bridge was reportedly swept away.

“It is with great sadness that I learned of the lives lost after landslides following heavy downpours in West Pokot County in Kenya,” the chairperson of the pan African bloc said in a twitted message on Sunday.

The latest tragedy follows similar torrential rainfall and subsequent devastating flooding in several east and centeral African Nations including Ethiopia.

Kenya Red Cross had deployed personnel to assist in the rescue effort.

“We continue to assess the possibility of more landslides occurring in other nearby villages as the rains continue to pound the area.” Red Cross said.

Landslides and flash floods have killed people in Ethiopia and Tanzania while hundreds of thousands have been displaced in Somalia by heavy rains.

Scientists warn that a weather system called the Indian Ocean Dipole is making flooding worse in the area.

Known as the Indian Ocean “El Niño”, it occurs when the western part of the Indian Ocean becomes significantly warmer than the eastern part.

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