At least 24 people died in western Kenya on Saturday amid landslides following heavy downpours across the country.

Local authorities in West Pokot county confirmed that seven of the dead were children according to Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper.

“Disaster management teams are on the scene trying to recover survivors and the deceased,” Pokot South Deputy County Commissioner Fredrick Kimanga told Anadolu Agency.

“We were lucky to have moved when the rains started. Today, what was our village was wiped from the face of the earth, no trees, no houses, it is really terrible,” said local teacher Peter Kimuugon.

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