Three children killed in Kamasian, Kunyak landslides
Three children were killed in landslides in Kipkelion, Kericho County on Monday night.
Two children were confirmed dead at Nyagasakia village in Kamasian ward while in the neighboring Kunyak ward, a 7-year-old child from Kiptenden village was also reported to have been killed.
Kamasian MCA Philip Rono confirmed that the children died after the house in which they were sleeping in was swept away.
Rono said their mother who was sleeping in a separate room escaped.
According to him, livestock were also swept away by the floods.
By the time of publishing this article, the bodies of the children were still laying at the scene in Kipkelion.
The body of the child from Kunyak was however taken to Kericho sub county hospital mortuary.
The landslides occurred after heavy downpour which pounded the area from Monday afternoon up to the wee hours of the night.
The most affected villages are Kiptenden, Kabirong, Kapkese and Ng’ebebo.
Villagers were forced to spend the night in various schools which are located on higher grounds.
Kericho County commissioner Moses Mbaruku is currently leading other officers from the national and county governments in assessing the situation.
Two separate landslide incidents reported in Kunyak, Kericho and Tinderet in Nandi County.
Residents have been moved to safer grounds as heavy rains continue to pound both areas.
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