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Kenya mudslide kills 11 children in their homes

Officials say a mudslide has killed 11 children, the youngest aged just 4, and a woman at their homes in rural western Kenya.

world Updated: Nov 08, 2008 21:12 IST

Officials say a mudslide has killed 11 children, the youngest aged just 4, and a woman at their homes in rural western Kenya. Fifteen people have been injured. District Commissioner Jeremiah Were says the mudslide happened Friday night in the village of Chepkokoch while most of the children were eating or sleeping in thatched huts that provide little protection.

Were says the young victims were aged 4 through 12. Village elder Kirakou Kanemwol says the woman was aged 45. He added that 15 people were seriously wounded and had been hospitalized. Mudslides are common in the area, more than 250 miles (400 kilometers) northwest of the capital, Nairobi, especially during heavy rains.