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Four family members swept by flash floods

Torokiat village in Narok South Sub County is mourning the death of four members of the same family who were swept away by mudslide last night following a heavy downpour being experienced in the area.

The area Sub County Police Commander Isaac Omare said the four are Robert Keter, 35 (father), Faith Keter, 24 (mother), Brian Keter, 5 (son) and Cherotich Keter, 3 (daughter), who were sleeping in their house when the disaster occurred.

“We received information from the members of the public that due to the heavy rain that was experienced throughout the night, a mudslide occurred at an unknown time of the night and caused death to all the people occupying the house,” he said.

He warned that the area is prone to mudslide cautioning those living in low steep areas to move to safer grounds.

At the time of going on press, police were in the efforts of recovering the bodies that had submerged in the muddy ground.

Narok South Deputy County Commissioner Felix Kisalu said Ewaso Nyiro and Oloshapani rivers were currently flooded hampering transport across the rivers.

While condoling with the relatives of the deceased, the DCC urged residents of Chepalungu, Torokiat, Pampanik, Oloishusho and Enakishomi areas to exercise caution and remain vigilant during this rainy season.

“These areas are near Maasai Mau forest which is prone to mudslides due to steep terrain and heavy rains. Those living in low steep grounds should move to safer places,” he said.

 By Ann Salaton

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