Saturday 27 April 2013

Three children killed by landslip in Kenya.

Three children, reportedly all girls, have been killed by a landslip in Magina Village, Kenya, to the north of Niarobi. The event took place around midnight between 26 and 27 April 2013 local time (around 9.00 pm on Friday 26 April, GMT) sweeping away a home in which a father and five of his children were sleeping. Two of the children and the father reportedly survived the incident. The area has been plagued by a number of such events, which have made a large number of people homeless as well as blocking several roads.

The landslip at Magina Village and the remains of the house. Citizen News.

Central Kenya has been badly affected by flooding in recent weeks, with around 10 000 people being made homeless and over 2000 acres of crops destroyed according to the Kenya Red Cross. Six people have already lost their lives as a result of the flooding. The heavy rains have triggered a number of landslides, with more being predicted. Kiambu County, where Magina Village is located, has a traditionally agricultural economy, but is becoming more urbanized as a result of population spread from Niarobi. Landslides have always been a problem during the rainy season in the area, but the rising population is putting more people in their way.

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