President Kenyatta has on saturday sent his condolences to the victims of the landslide that struck West Pokot and claimed the lives of 29 people.
In a press statement, President Kenyatta said that his thoughts, prayers and that of the entire Nation is with the bereaved families. Uhuru added that the incident was unfortunate and Kenyans are mourning with the people of West Pokot.
“My thoughts and prayers, and those of our entire nation are with families, friends and relatives of those who lost their beloved ones in the unfortunate incident. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.” Uhuru said in his statement.
The President also assured the people of West Pokot especially to those whose family members are missing that rescue mission will continue till the number of people who are missing are accounted for.
“To those whose loved ones are yet to be found, I assure you that the ongoing multi-agency rescue operation will continue until after every missing person is accounted for.” Kenyatta added in the statement.
On Saturday, landslide struck Nyarkulian and Parua villages in West Pokot and claimed the lives of 29 people. The landslide was triggered by heavy rains.
President Kenyatta also directed deployment of more rescue personnels to the affected regions so as to avert the loss of more lives.
“In the meantime, I have directed the deployment of resources including rescue personnel from our various security and humanitarian agencies covering the Kenya Defence Forces, the National Police Service and Special Programmes to the affected region so as to provide mitigative action against further loss of lives. The operation will continue round the clock until the situation normalizes.” Kenyatta directed.
The President also directed the regional commissioners in all landslide prone areas to ensure the citizens of those areas move to safer place.
“I have further directed Regional Commissioners in flood and landslide prone regions of our country to work very closely with our security and humanitarian teams to ensure that citizens in these areas are urgently moved to safer grounds.” He futher directed.
West Pokot Governor Prof. John Lonyangapuo and a security team that was heading to the area, were stranded at River Muruny Bridge on the Kitale–Lodwar Highway, which has been cut off by the floods.
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