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Kenya cautions tourists over heavy rains

(Xinhua)

14:53, December 06, 2011

NAIROBI, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's wildlife authorities on Monday issued a public alert on flooding in several parts of the country, especially parts of Lake Nakuru National Park, urging tourists to take extra care while visiting the world famous tourist attraction.

The Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) called on the visitors to seek information from KWS officers about safe routes owing to the heavy rains that have been experienced in the Mau Forests Complex and its environs in the last three days.

"Areas of concern include the scenic Makalia Falls which are accessible except by four wheel vehicles. Other areas affected by the flooding include Naishi area and road circuits on the western side of the park," KWS said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

At least 10 people are feared dead and over 15,000 have been rendered homeless as heavy rains and landslides, paralyzed transport and washed away crops in parts of the country leaving passengers stranded due to impassable roads, and farmers with nothing to harvest.

The deaths were reported in Samburu, Murang'a, Laikipia and West Pokot, where a man and his two children were buried alive in landslides.

The southern dyke that was recently rehabilitated by National Water Irrigation Board caved in to the pressure raging waters and left villages flooded and residents displaced.

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