Fake mourners arrested in Kenya, 15 people missing as a result of floods

Four people have been arrested in Kenya as they faked to be mourners taking a body for burial. All four culprits were held in the Capital city of Nairobi.

Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe said that the culprits travelled 370km west with an empty coffin in the vehicle before being caught. Mutahi Kagwe added that the group of fake mourners had managed to pass through several checkpoints before suspicious officers in Homa Bay County opened the coffin.

Kenya has imposed travel restriction in four hotspots of the country that includes the capital Nairobi. Of the caught culprits, the driver has been tested positive of COVID-19 resulting in putting to quarantine all other three co-passengers.

Apart from the COVID-19 crisis, Kenyan people are facing troubles because of mudslides and flooding caused by heavy rain. Search and rescue operations are underway.

The Kenya Red Cross says the floodwaters have left the area inaccessible, hampering the struggle to reach those affected. It also said about 15 people were missing in the neighbouring county of Elgeyo-Marakwet.

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