08 November 2008

Mudslide kills 11 villagers

By EDWARD KOECH and WYCLIFFE KIPSANG Posted Saturday, November 8 2008 at 21:09

At least 11 people were killed in a massive mudslide in West Pokot Central district as rains pounded the North Rift region on Saturday.  The victims, most of them school children, were caught unawares at night when their houses were swept away by mudslides at Cheptulel village of Chesogon division.  Area councillor Simon Loitapel said 10 children, all from the same clan, and a woman were buried alive in the mudslide following an all-night downpour.  Eight of the children were pupils at Annet primary school; the other two were toddlers. “The eight were reading in a hut when they were swept away by the mud,” Mr Loitapel said. “We will evacuate another 100 who are in a risky area.”