Floods, landslides kill at least 132 in Kenya

People cross a bridge broken by heavy rains that caused landslides in the village of Sebit, Kenya, on Nov 24, 2019.
People cross a bridge broken by heavy rains that caused landslides in the village of Sebit, Kenya, on Nov 24, 2019. PHOTO: REUTERS

NAIROBI (BLOOMBERG) - At least 132 people have been killed in floods and landslides caused by unusually heavy rainfall in Kenya.

Around 17,000 were displaced and 11,000 livestock swept away by strong waters, government spokesman Cyrus Oguna said.

More than half of the country has been affected, according to Mr Oguna.

The rains have helped alleviate the drought conditions across the country that caused a food shortage and added to inflationary pressures, but have damaged infrastructure and farmland.

The authorities are assessing the extent of destruction as they plan repairs, according to Mr Oguna.

The rains are above the average amounts recorded in past years, with some areas receiving as much as three times their historical average, Kenya Meteorological Department deputy director Bernard Chanzu said by phone.

The rains are expected to continue through December.