2 Feared Dead Following Landslide In Kiambu Escarpment

Preliminary reports indicate that two people are feared dead.

2 Feared Dead Following Landslide In Kiambu Escarpment
A section of a farm swept away by a landslide in Kiambu as of May 2020. /THE STAR

Several people are feared trapped after a landslide occurred in Kiambu County on Tuesday, May 14.

According to the Kenya Red Cross in a post on X, the landslide occurred in the Kimende Escarpments of Kiambu County.

"Several people are believed to be trapped. The Red Cross Action Team is en route to the scene," the post read in part.

Preliminary reports reaching the Viral Tea newsdesk indicate that two people are feared dead.

Kenya Red Cross officers during a rescue mission in Kitengela. /KENYA RED CROSS

Reacting to the incident, a witness expressed shock at the landslide occurring on the way to Matathia, fearing that some passersby may have been among those who died.

"We don't know they were how many. Unfortunately, there's nothing we can do currently and people are being asked to go away from the scene of the accident as the mudslide was huge and we fear another could be on the way.

"So people should go away from the place where this has happened as we wait for tractors and rescue team," a witness was quoted by TUKO.co.ke

Heavy rains have been pounding many parts of the county and have caused incidents such as landslides and other such destruction.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) warned of falling rock debris along the Machakos- Kangundo Road, with motorists urged to be cautious when using the busy road.

According to KeNHA, the rocks had been falling in the middle of the road due to recent heavy rains that were witnessed in the region. 

“We advise motorists to be vigilant while driving along this affected section of the road even as we remain on the lookout and clear the debris,” the statement read in part. 

“Further, the Authority urges all road users to adhere to and follow traffic warning signs that have been installed along the affected areas.”

KeNHA's logo painted on an overpass in Nairobi. /FILE