Kenya flooding death toll reaches 181; prompts rescue efforts and international support

is grappling with severe flooding, prompting rescue operations and the closure of highways across the country. The Kenya Red Cross has reported efforts to rescue tourists trapped at camps in Narok, located 215 km from Nairobi.

The situation has led to the closure of a section of a highway leading to Nairobi, along with at least three other roads, due to flooding and debris, according to the National Highway Authority.

The disaster has garnered international attention, with Pope Francis expressing sympathy for Kenyans during a general audience at the Vatican, acknowledging the tragic loss of lives, injuries, and widespread destruction caused by the flooding.

The White House has also extended condolences to the victims' families, with White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre announcing that the is contributing to response efforts through the U.S. Agency for International Development. Jean-Pierre emphasized ongoing support and close monitoring of the situation.

  • Reporting by Humphrey Malalo and Nairobi Newsroom; Additional reporting by Keith Weir in and Katharine Jackson in Washington; Writing by George Obulutsa; Editing by Nick Macfie and Deepa Babington

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