President Kagame condoles with Kenyans as death toll from floods hits 179

By Wycliffe Nyamasege
On 1 May 2024 at 03:29

President Paul Kagame has condoled with families who have lost their loved ones in the ongoing floods in many parts of Kenya.

President Kagame, in a message to Kenyan Head of State William Ruto on Wednesday evening, said Rwanda stands with the people of Kenya during these trying times.

“My sincere condolences to you my brother, President William Ruto and the people of Kenya, for the families displaced and the lives lost in the ongoing mass flooding in Nairobi and other parts of the country. Rwanda stands in solidarity with you and the country in this difficult time,” President Kagame stated.

Kenya confirmed on Wednesday that 179 people have lost their lives since March when the long rains started. The victims include 164 adults and 15 children.

The victims of the floods include residents of Mai Mahiu whose homes were washed away in the wee hours of Monday morning, claiming more than 70 lives and injuring scores of

Water Cabinet Secretary Zechariah Njeru told the local media that the incident was a result of a blocked railway line tunnel preventing proper flow of water through River Tongi.

So far a total of 90 people have been reported missing in Kenya, while 125 people have been injured and are receiving treatment in health facilities across the country. Additionally, at least 31,341 households have been displaced, affecting 195,011 people.

Government Spokesperson Isaac Mwaura warned that April is the peak of the long rains, and the rainfall will continue to cause flooding and disrupt social and economic activities.

“We call upon all Kenyans to remain vigilant, adhere to safety guidelines and observe flood alerts. Furthermore, all Kenyans are requested to cooperate fully with emergency responders and local authorities during evacuations or rescue operations, especially in areas mapped out as high-risk areas,” Mwaura stated.

The floods have also been wreaking havoc in Tanzania in recent weeks, killing more than 150 people and injuring over 200 others.

Tanzania Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa told Parliament last Thursday that more than 10,000 houses have been damaged and more than 200,000 people affected.

Monday's flash floods in Mai Mahiu claimed the lives of more than 70 people.