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West Pokot landslides UPDATE : Death toll hits 37

37 people have been confirmed dead following deadly landslides in Nyarkulian and Parua villages in West Pokot County.

West Pokot County Commissioner Apollo Okello said already 15 bodies have been recovered from the debris.

The landslide follows a heavy rains that pounded the area on Friday evening.

Several others are suspected to be trapped in the debris.

The Kenya Red Cross on Saturday morning said it had already dispatched response teams to the area to find the missing people.

 

The Ministry of Interior has issued a statement stating military and police choppers have already been deployed to scale up responses to the tragedy.

“The Government has deployed Military and Police Choppers to scale up responses and respond to immediate needs of affected families.

While rescue and recovery efforts remain the priority, a full assessment into the extent of damage caused continues to be a challenge due to harsh weather conditions,” read the statement.

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