36 Killed in Landslides in West Pokot in North-Western Kenya

The Mudslides Were Triggered by Heavy Downpour Left Bridges and Roads Heavily Damaged

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At least thirty-six people have been confirmed dead after being swept by landslides in West Pokot, Kenya, early Saturday morning.

Kenyan authorities said the landslides were triggered by heavy downpour that has been pounding the region in recent weeks.

The downpour started on Friday evening in the region in the north-western part of the county, which borders Uganda.

The storm caused massive flooding that swept away bridges and roads, leaving the disaster-stricken area inaccessible by road. More than 500 vehicles were stuck on the roads.

The area governor confirmed that search and rescue efforts were ongoing.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta sent his condolences to the affected families. He also said the military had been deployed to boost rescue efforts and prevent “further loss of lives.”