Kaben Location Lagam Landslides and Preparedness Measures, Kenya

Authors : Bernard Kipsang Rop; Loice Jepkemboi Kipkiror

Volume/Issue : Volume 6 - 2021, Issue 10 - October

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The Kaben Location Lagam escarpment landslides of Elgeyo-Marakwet County, Marakwet East in Kenya, are not only recurrent but are highly cataclysmic and destructive. They cause mayhem whenever they occur. The first known landslides on the Lagam escarpment of the Kaben location, occurred during the 1961 El-Nino, when a major rainstorm hit the area (Kiptungu). The landslides denudated Embosumer River and left huge boulders scattered over many farmlands. Four decades later, on the night of 12th April 2010, a catastrophic landslide once again hit Kaben location. Embosumer River was again the perpetrator, having broken its banks due to excessive water inflow from Lagam escarpment. Fourteen (14) people lost their lives, others were badly injured and lots of property was destroyed. A decade later, on Sunday, 19th April 2020, in the afternoon, heavy rains pounded the area, once more, causing massive mudslides that involved many rivers and streams. Thus, twenty six (26) people lost their lives and homes, schools and farmlands were washed away and several bodies trapped in the mudslide material. This preliminary study was undertaken to understand the causes of Lagam recurrent landslides and identify possible mitigation and preparedness measures. Data was collected using secondary data analysis and presented in the form of ground photographs, satellite images and discussions made thereon. Since then, it is still expected that recommendations made and mitigation measures envisaged in this research-related work will draw positive action from the area residents and all concerned parties in Kaben Location.

Keywords : Landslides, Recurrent, Lagam Escarpment, Kaben Location, Marakwet


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