Death toll in Kenya floods rises to 60; 7 miss­ing

Orlando Sentinel - - NATION & WORLD -

NAIROBI, Kenya — Au­thor­i­ties in Kenya says the death toll from heavy rains that un­leashed floods in the west of the coun­try has risen to 60 and seven oth­ers are miss­ing.

An of­fi­cial said Sun­day that 53 peo­ple died, mostly in mud­slides in Sat­ur­day’s del­uge. She said seven peo­ple were re­ported miss­ing. The death toll in­creased from 34. The of­fi­cial re­quested anonymity be­cause she wasn’t au­tho­rized to speak to the me­dia.

Of­fi­cials say five more peo­ple were swept away while trav­el­ing in a car. Two other peo­ple were killed af­ter they drowned when a river burst its banks.

The tor­ren­tial rain is un­com­mon for this time of year. Ex­perts have said the chang­ing weather pat­terns have a huge im­pact be­cause close to 100% of Kenya’s agri­cul­ture is rain-fed.

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