The death toll in the Mahi Mahiu flood tragedy has risen to 71 with many other people missing.

The flash flood which swept Kamuchiri village in Mahi Mahiu accounts for the biggest number of deaths caused by the ongoing rains.

President William Ruto, Tuesday visited the floods victims in the area to condole with them for the loss of family members and friends.

As of Tuesday evening, more than 160 people were confirmed death with many other missing and scores others injured.

According to the Interior Ministry, 169 deaths have been recorded with 102 others injured and receiving medical attention in several hospitals across the country.

The ministry further indicated that 91 people are missing with 30,099 households displaced.

Ruto took to his X account to condole with families who lost their loved ones, adding that the government will provide support to affected families.

“We condole with the families that have lost their loved ones due to the floods in the country. We pray for quick recovery to the injured and pledge total Government support at all levels,” Ruto wrote in his X post.

He added that a multi-agency rescue operation is underway to provide necessities to affected families.

“A multi-agency rescue operation, including the military, is currently underway in all affected areas. It will help offer temporary shelter, food, clothing, and medical care, besides carrying out emergency evacuations and searches. At Ngeya Girls Secondary School in Mai Mahiu, Nakuru County, consoled families affected by the flash floods,” Ruto stated.

Ruto have also indicated that he would declare the ongoing floods as a national disaster if it persist, rubbishing the push by a section of leaders who want him to do so now.

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