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11 People and a Dog Rescued from Floodwaters in Dramatic Kenya Rescue

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Eleven people and a dog were rescued from raging floodwaters in Kenya in a dramatic rescue operation, the country’s Red Cross said on Wednesday.

Here are some details according to the report of CNN International.

Challenging Rescue Mission

The rescue took place at around 5 a.m. local time in Kitengela, Kajiado County, south of the capital Nairobi. The Red Cross team worked under challenging conditions to help families reach safety amid torrential downpours that have caused severe flooding in the region.

The humanitarian agency described the rescue operation as “challenging.” However, it noted that the floodwaters seemed to be receding, offering a small glimmer of hope. However, with more rain expected this month, government officials warned that the situation could worsen.

Rising Death Toll and Ongoing Search Efforts

Heavy flooding in Mai Mahiu, 20 miles north of Nairobi, earlier in the week killed at least 71 people, with dozens still missing. In the past 24 hours alone, 10 Kenyans have died due to flooding, bringing the government’s official death toll to 179, including 15 children.

Residents in Mai Mahiu are frantically sifting through heaps of debris to recover bodies trapped by the floods. CNN reporters visiting the town observed corpses accumulating beneath toppled trees and layers of mud. A phone’s buzzing sound could be heard underground, causing locals to focus their efforts on finding its owner. Eventually, they pulled a lifeless body from the flood debris.

Locals, including neighbors and relatives of the missing, are digging through the mud with their bare hands. They have limited equipment and resources to aid in their search. One resident, a motorbike taxi rider, provided fuel for a power saw used to cut down uprooted trees. “Ask the government to send us excavators,” he said.

Locals, including neighbors and relatives of the missing, are digging through the mud with their bare hands. They have limited equipment and resources to aid in their search. “The military has been mobilized, and the National Youth Service has been mobilized to help evacuate citizens from risky areas,” Ruto said. “All security agencies have also been mobilized to prevent any loss of life.”

Evacuations and Temporary Accommodations

Residents in the worst-affected areas have been ordered to evacuate due to fears of more rain and potential mudslides. The government has completed “mapping of all areas that are in danger of flooding, of mudslides so that we can assist citizens to move away from those areas,” Ruto said during his visit to Mai Mahiu.

The government has established 52 “displacement camps” to offer temporary accommodation for those impacted by the flooding. These camps ensure that people have a safe place to stay while rescue and recovery operations are underway.

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