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24 people killed by landslides, floods in Kenya

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Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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Landslides and floods caused by torrential rains have killed at least 24 people in Kenya, officials said on Saturday.

At least 17 people were buried overnight by landslides in West Pokot County, north of the capital Nairobi, County Commissioner, Apollo Okello told dpa.

A family of seven people was swept away by floods in another part of the county, Mr Okello said.

An undisclosed number of people were missing on Saturday, while infrastructure including roads and bridges had been damaged, according to Emmanuel Ameme, a coordinator for the National Government Affirmative Action Fund.

Heavy rainfall continued on Saturday, with the Kenya Red Cross sending rescue teams into affected areas.

“The rivers are swelling again, so the damage might even be worse,” Mr Okello told dpa.

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