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/ 18 April 2006

Floods force 10 000 Kenyans to flee their homes

Heavy rains have sent a river gushing over its banks near Kenya’s coast, forcing at least 10 000 people from their homes and destroying thatched mud huts and crops in impoverished villages, a senior official said on Tuesday. The victims have taken shelter with relatives and on the grounds of two public schools after the Sabaki River began flooding last week, Malindi District Commissioner Jan Ireri said.