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Red cross launches search and rescue operation after River Voi bursts banks

Search and rescue mission underway by the Kenya Red Cross to save trapped families after Voi River burst its banks.

According to a statement from Kenya Red Cross which is helping different government agencies in conducting rescue operations, several villages along the river stretch have been affected. 

An unknown number of families are reported to have been swept away by the raging river. 

Unconfirmed reports indicate that one middle-aged woman was swept away and drowned bringing total deaths from the tragedy to eight. 

The flooding river has reported displaced families at Msambweni, Tanzania, Gaza, Shauri Moyo, Marapu and Mkwachunyi in Taita Taveta County. 

The flooding has been occasioned by the ongoing heavy downpour being experienced in the area.

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Most residents have in the past blamed extensive sand harvesting and brick-making along Voi River for the floods.

Dredging the river bed and banks is said to have caused several blockages in the river which led to the bursting of the banks.

Taita Taveta County is one of the 33 devolved units in the country affected by El Nino floods.

The Government has recorded 142 deaths from El Nino rains-related flooding.

Some of the regions where the government is planning evacuation include Embu, Tharaka Nithi, Kitui, Machakos, and Garissa counties.

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