Tragic Floods in Mai Mahiu, Nakuru County: Conflicting Figures Heighten Concerns

Another body has been discovered in the ongoing rescue operation in Mai Mahiu, Nakuru County, where devastating floods caused by a burst dam have claimed the lives of over 60 individuals.

Nakuru County Commissioner Lyford Kibaara confirmed that the latest recovery brings the total number of confirmed fatalities to 61.

The body was retrieved on Monday evening during the rescue efforts led by personnel from the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and National Youth Service (NYS).

As the search continues, twenty-nine people are still reported missing.

Kenya is currently grappling with heavy rainfall, resulting in widespread flooding and the overflow of water bodies, leading to tragic loss of lives and extensive property damage.

The recent catastrophe in Mai Mahiu underscores the severity of the situation, with scores of people losing their lives and many others sustaining injuries.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, speaking in a telephone interview with Inooro FM, provided conflicting figures regarding the casualties, stating that a total of 71 bodies had been recovered.

“We have 46 people in the mortuary, but we have more bodies being taken there so they will be about 71. There are many others who are still missing, and a search is ongoing. We pray that we find them alive. If they are dead, then we will say God is never questioned,” expressed Gachagua.

These figures were corroborated by Nakuru Governor Susan Kihika, who informed CNN that 71 people had been confirmed dead from the tragedy.

However, discrepancies emerged within the government itself regarding the accurate death toll from the Mai Mahiu flash floods.

In a statement released by the Interior Ministry, Prof. Kithure Kindiki’s ministry reported a different figure, stating, “58 deceased persons have been retrieved, 41 of whom have been positively identified and families duly informed.”

Furthermore, Government Spokesperson Isaac Mwaura, in a press briefing, announced yet another set of figures, indicating that the tragedy had claimed the lives of 52 individuals, with 52 others injured and 51 people still missing.

The varying figures issued by different government sources raise questions about the clarity and accuracy of the data surrounding the Mai Mahiu tragedy.

This inconsistency underscores the challenge of obtaining reliable information amid the ongoing heavy rains affecting the country.

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