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15 killed in Kenya floods, scores of families displaced

AP  |  Kenya 

Kenyan officials said today that at least 15 people have drowned and scores of families have been displaced across the East African nation during two days of heavy rainfall that caused flooding in urban and rural areas.

The deaths happened as flood and river waters swept through Kenyan towns that had experienced drought months earlier, officials said. declared the drought a national disaster that put thousands of people at risk of starvation last year.

Four of those killed were in a truck carrying charcoal in that was swept away by the flooded River Enziu. said four of the truck's eight occupants were rescued before the truck was engulfed with water.

The deluge also submerged vehicles in Nairobi's affluent neighborhoods and flooded middle class areas. Porters made a booming business carrying commuters to work on their backs. Clogged storm drains in and other parts of are a perennial problem during the typically long rainy season.

Governor blamed his predecessor's administration for diverting funds meant to repair the capital's drainage system.

said the heavy rains are expected to continue for another five days.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, March 17 2018. 02:25 IST