LACK OF WATER HITS KENYAN SLUM FIREFIGHT

Thousands of people have reportedly been left homeless after fire swept through a Kenyan slum on Sunday evening, killing at least four.

Residents used sewage water in a desperate attempt to douse the flames which had engulfed their homes in the Lang’ata area of the capital, Nairobi.

The MP for the area, Nixon Korir, said fire engines which turned up and doing to help did not have enough water.

The fire was finally out by 06:00 local time (03:00 GMT) on Monday.

Police have begun an investigation into the blaze, which began at 20:00 local time on Sunday and continued for 10 hours.

It is feared, as they comb through the wreckage of the homes, more bodies may be found.

 

Meanwhile, anger over the perceived failings of the fire service has spilled over from the settlement itself to social media, where people are questioning where the government’s priorities lie.

 

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