Six escape death after landslides rock a village in Mt Elgon
28 October 2014, 22:59
Bungoma - Six people from Kaprong Village in Sambocho Sub-Location Mt Elgon Constituency escaped death by a whisker on Monday afternoon after a grass thatched house they were sheltering in was swept by a landslide.
The six who include four people from one family who all sustained light injuries are recuperating at the Kapsokwony District Hospital, after being pulled out of mud that covered the house after the landslide.
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Confirming the incident, Bungoma County Commissioner Maalim Mohamed said among the victims were two school going children. Maalim appealed to members from the Constituency residing along steep slopes and below cliffs to relocate to safer grounds.
the administrator told journalists that the residents risk being buried alive or losing their property , following the heavy rains currently pounding the region, as the areas are prone to both mudslides and landslides.
"I am appealing to the Mt Elgon residents to move away from the areas that are prone to landslides. I have instructed chiefs from the region to ask the public to relocate from the risky areas, we do not want to loose lives," said Maalim.
Area MP John Serut who echoed the administrator’s sentiments and condoled with the injured constituents.
"At the moment , the people should relocate as we try to find a lasting solution. As the area legislator I do not want to negotiate after deaths have been reported. Let them move away from the areas because of their own safety, " said Serut.
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