landslides displaces over 15 families in Muranga,properties worth millions also destroyed

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BY COORESPONDENT,MURANGA,15TH MAY 2018-Landslides have occurred in Muranga county displacing over  15 families .The land slides occurred on Monday night  affecting  several areas in  the county.proprietor of Marumi Coffee factory in Kigumo sub county are counting loses amounting to  Sh 20 Million after they lost properties.A security guard was also injured.

In the neighbouring Gachocho village, a child was buried alive but rescued and rushed to hospital by villagers.

According to Murang’a county commissioner John Elungata who visited the area, said the 15 families have been taken to Mariira Agricultural Training Centre where they will be accommodated until the rains subside.

He said the Kangema Kigumo Kandara road commonly known as Nyoka Nyoka has been closed down for several days after experiencing several landslides.

Elungata said there are five landslides along the road that may take days to clear.

He advised motorists to find alternative routes.

“We have asked the Kenya National Highways Authority (Kenha) to dispatch tractors to help clear the mud off the road,” he added.

The commissioner also appealed to residents living along the upper side of the road to vacate their homes and seek shelter from neighbours.

The move will avert a repeat of the landslides in Mathioya and Kiharu sub-counties that claimed the lives of five people three weeks ago according to him.

 

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