Landslide death toll in West Pokot rises to 52.

The death toll from the West Pokot mudslide tragedy has risen to 52. Search and rescue operations are still continuing but have been hampered by thick fog and harsh weather conditions being witnessed in the region.

The danger of more mudslides still hangs over the residents and the roads have been rendered impassable by raging flood waters.

Governor John Lonyangapuo said rescue and recovery missions by various government agencies were underway, adding that the number of deaths could rise as 22 people were still missing.

Six bodies of three children, two women and a man have been recovered, adding to the 46 deaths recorded on Sunday, he said.

Several families have already fled their homes and pitched camp in nearby schools on higher grounds as they brace the cold waiting for food aid.

Nyarkulian, Parua and Muino villages are the worst hit.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i is expected to visit those admitted at the Kapenguria referral hospital on Monday.

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