At least 36 people, including seven children, have been killed by landslides triggered by unusually heavy rains in northwestern Kenya, a local official said, reports Al Jazeera.
He added that rescue efforts were under way in the area, where more than 500 vehicles were stuck on roads damaged by the landslides.
Rescue efforts have been delayed because roads have been cut and bridges closed after streams turned into raging torrents.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said in a statement that he had deployed rescue personnel from various agencies including the army and the police to try to stop the “further loss of lives”.
The landslide came amid weeks of destructive rains and flooding across East Africa.