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Last Updated: Sunday, 12 August 2007, 17:13 GMT 18:13 UK
Hunt for Kenya mudslide victims
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District officials are searching for survivors and bodies buried in mud by a number of landslides in a village in western Kenya.

Police say 13 people are believed to have been buried and killed in Saturday's slides, but residents say the real figure may be more than 20.

Some of the victims were swept away by a second mudslide, while digging to try to find those buried by the first.

Officials evacuated the village on Sunday, fearing it might happen again.

"We have evacuated people from the area because there is a risk of another landslide," said Peter Kavila, a western provincial police officer.

"We advise people to stay away from the area and let experts embark on search and rescue," he said, according to the Associated Press.

A Red Cross spokesman said 39 people were injured and several homes destroyed in Saturday's landslides near Malava, about 600km (375 miles) from the capital, Nairobi.

The spokesman said there was little chance of finding any survivors.

A local man described how the first landslide struck while people slept.

"We heard screaming last night, we rushed here and we started to look for the people who were missing, they were three we knew of, but we have only found one," he said.

"The people who were helping with the rescue also got covered in the landslide at around 1230 pm," he added.


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