Floods death toll rises to 16

Mombasa County has recorded the highest number of casualties.

Rescuers pull bodies of people killed after a wall collapsed on a house in Mbaraki, Mombasa, May 8, 2017.

The death toll rose after five people died in Kwale with hundreds of others being displaced and road transport and bridges cut off.

More than 1,500 families in the county have been left homeless after their houses were submerged by floods in the county.

Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya said that the flood water has affected water supply after the main pipeline supplying Mombasa through Marere River from Kwale was washed away.

“We are liaising with the national government to assist locals. They have already formed an emergency response team to deal with the issue,” he said.

Mombasa tragedies

Nine people have died in neighbouring Mombasa County as a result of the flash floods.

Six people died on Monday in Mombasa when a perimeter wall collapsed on their house in Kizingo area between Pandya Hospital and Mbaraki Girls School following heavy rains.

A day after, a father and daughter were killed while the mother was seriously injured.

On Tuesday, eight people were rescued by Red Cross officials after a building collapsed in Kutus Town, Kirinyaga County following heavy rains that pounded the area.

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