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10 people have died since rains started in Narok town

20 November 2015, 09:27 Geoffrey Kimagut

Narok - More than 10 people have died since heavy rains started pondering Narok County at the beginning of this month.

County Commissioner Magu Mutindika said five children from the same family died in mudslides in Enakishomi area of Narok South sub county while three among them two children died while crossing a seasonal river in Talek, Narok West sub county near Maasai Mara.

Two others died in Loita and Kilgoris in Narok South and Transmara East respectively. They died while trying to cross seasonal rivers.

In addition, more than 300 cows were swept away by floods into Amala River in Mulot area Narok West sub-county on Sunday.

Addressing reporters in his office, Mutindika said most of the deaths were caused by seasonal rivers.

“The seasonal rivers have now turned to be death traps because the region has suddenly been hit by heavy downpour and most of the locals underrate such waters,” said Mutindika.

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He urged locals to exercise caution to avoid calamities and asked those in the affected areas to move to higher grounds.

Meanwhile, Narok North MP Moitalel ole Kenta has asked the Narok residents to be on the lookout especially for flood waters and landslides.

Kent said the current heavy rains have caused floods and mudslides in rivers and high level areas resulting in loss of lives and destruction of property.

He said locals should relocate to safer grounds to avoid causing more catastrophes.

“I am appealing to the locals to be alert and not to underrate any water especially during this time when rain is pondering most parts of the country,” said Kenta.

The legislator said the national government has constructed check dams at the upper region of the town in a bid to avert floods in the town.

He called upon the area residents to plant trees in large numbers so they could help hold running water during the rains.

“When there are no trees in the upper neighbourhoods of the town, the land is left bare and prone to massive erosion. There is nothing to slow water whenever it is raining,” he said.

Narok town, which is prone to floodings, is the gateway to the world famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve which hosts the wildebeest whose migration is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

It was also recently rated as the most conducive place to do business in Kenya by a World Bank survey.

The perennial flooding in the town has been blamed on the earlier plan of 1975 which put the rapidly growing town in a valley and human activities in the surrounding areas which have left the land bare.

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