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One killed, 300 homeless in Mathare flash floods

Mathare residents have been affected by the flash floods that wrecked the area on May 13, 2012. Photo/STEVE WAITHANJI

A woman was killed and about 300 people were left homeless after flash floods swept away houses along the Nairobi river bank in Mathare slum on Sunday morning.

“The number of those affected stands at 300 families,” Red Cross official Ms Wangeci Mathenge told Nation.

Starehe Police chief Aphoid Nyagah said unknown number of people were missing.

“We managed to pull out the body of a woman who was swept away. We are still looking for others reported missing,” Mr Nyagah said.

Red Cross officials could not confirm the number of the missing persons.

“We cannot tell how many people are missing at this point because we are still collecting information from the residents. We have been told that some persons are missing,” Ms Stella Waithera, Kenya Red Cross Disaster Response Official said.

The flash floods were as a result of heavy rains being experienced in parts of Kiambu and Limuru that forced the swollen Nairobi river to burst its banks.

Heavy rains in Kiambu

The 2am incident occurred when the people were deeply asleep and it got them unawares. Residents ran to safety when they heard sounds of gushing waters.

“It has not rained here for three days, we believe the water came from Kiambu where it has been raining,” a resident, Mr Simon Owino said.

Among the three people who were rescued and rushed to Kiambu District hospital a mother with her two weeks old child.

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