Mai Mahiu

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua attends a memorial service for the Mai Mahiu flood victims which  is taking place at the Mo Gas Grounds in Mai Mahiu, Nakuru.

The Mai Mahiu tragedy claimed 60 lives, with 51 still missing and 52 injured during the events of April 29th.The emotional service planned by the national and county governments in partnership with churches,is attended by survivors,families and the wider Mai Mahiu community.

Nakuru Governor Susan Kihika, Naivasha MP Jane Kihara, and a number of other political leaders and government officials are in attendance.

Over 30 portraits of some of the people who died in the tragedy were displayed in an area of the tent.

At least 65 families are seeking shelter at a prayer built at prayer center, while 55 families have rented houses in Mai Mahiu town after being relocated from Ngeya Girls Secondary School, where they had been sleeping for more than a week.

The Mai Mahiu tragedy claimed 60 lives, with 51 still missing and 52 injured during the events of last week. Naivasha MP Jane Kihara praised the government for taking swift action to prevent further incidents.

She asked citizens to exercise caution throughout the rainy season.

“We are happy to have deputy president here to condole with us and we are happy,” Kihara stated.

The floods in various parts of the country have caused 257 deaths. Government Spokesperson Isaac Mwaura announced nationwide search and rescue operations to relocate affected individuals. To prevent further crises, the government issued a 24-hour evacuation notice on May 2.

“The flooding situation persists in most parts of the country, with the latest weather forecast indicating that heavy rainfall and thunderstorm will continue in 31 counties,” warned the governor.

The Lake Victoria Basin, Rift Valley Central, and Eastern regions have all been affected.Rainfall is expected to continue in Nairobi and in the Coast area, affecting Tana River, Kwale, Mombasa, Kilifi, and Lamu counties.

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