The Star (Kenya)

Daniel Moi’s ru­ral vil­lage hit by land­slides, vic­tims cry for help

More than 200 fam­i­lies have been dis­placed; heavy rain pound­ing the re­gion blamed

- JOSEPH KANGOGO @ es­tarkenya Disasters · Incidents · Accidents · Daniel arap Moi

Land­slides have hit Baringo Cen­tral, in­clud­ing for­mer Pres­i­dent Moi’s ru­ral vil­lage in Sa­cho ward.

Other vil­lages af­fected are Kip­tagich, Kap­tich, Kabarak, Tim­boiwo, Kaba­sis and Tan­dui. More than 200 fam­i­lies have been dis­placed.

e land­slides started on Mon­day and the lat­est was Wed­nes­day night.

ey are as a re­sult of the heavy rain pound­ing the re­gion. e rain started in April and the Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal depart­ment pre­dicts it might con­tinue to De­cem­ber.

“is area has loose soil, sharp hills, old trees and loose rocks,” re­tired Kip­tagich as­sis­tant chief Luka Tin­gos said on urs­day.

He urged the county and the na­tional gov­ern­ments to in­ter­vene and re­lo­cate the vic­tims.

Apart from be­ing dis­placed, the vic­tims have lost crops worth mil­lions of shillings.

“I watched my 250 in­dige­nous trees and crops be­ing swept down­hill,” Tin­gos said.

e re­tired chief fears that an­other land­slide might oc­cur soon. “We have no­ticed sev­eral cracks in this area, a sign that a dis­as­ter is loom­ing,” he said.

Vic­tim Felix Cheruiyot said he was in his house with his fam­ily when he heard a loud bang. At first, they thought it was a road ac­ci­dent, but mo­ments later mud swept through the house.

Cheruiyot said he re­lo­cated with his fam­ily to a rel­a­tive’s home in the next vil­lage.

Deputy Governor Ja­cob Chep­kwony said he has as­signed a team of ex­perts to as­sess the sit­u­a­tion.

“Build­ing of gabions from the bot­tom of the hill to the top could be the an­swer,” Chep­kwony said. Se­na­tor Gideon Moi said some­thing needs to be done ur­gently to con­trol the land­slides.

 ?? /JOSEPH KANGOGO ?? Land­slide along Kip­tagich-sa­cho-el­dama Ravine road in Sa­cho ward, Baringo Cen­tral, on Thurs­day
/JOSEPH KANGOGO Land­slide along Kip­tagich-sa­cho-el­dama Ravine road in Sa­cho ward, Baringo Cen­tral, on Thurs­day
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