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Police Officer’s body in Pokot Mudslide retrieved, death toll rises to 6

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The body of a police officer who went missing following the mudslide at Chesogon along the West Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet border has been retrieved.

This brings the total number of deaths from the Saturday night tragedy to 6.

Another person, who was evacuated to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital succumbed on Sunday night.

Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya said the search and rescue operation was underway, with 26 people still missing.

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“We will move those who are still prone to the disaster to safer grounds,” he said.

The mudslide occasioned by heavy rains that swept away several houses and a police post in Chesogon trading center left over 4000 people displaced.

7 people, among them five police officers, have since been airlifted to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret.

“Thirteen more civilians have also been treated and discharged from local dispensaries while there are still undergoing treatment,” Government Spokesman Cyrus Oguna said in a statement Sunday.

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