A family of three in Mwasere village in Mwatate, Taita-Taveta County, died Thursday morning after their house was buried by falling rocks following heavy rains.
Efforts to save the family -- a child and his parents -- were not successful.
Witnesses said the house collapsed after heavy rocks from an adjacent hill fell on it while the family was asleep.
Confirming the incident, Rong'e Kati Assistant Chief Kepha Mwasamba said villagers removed the rubble using their bare hands in an attempt to save the family.
"We tried our best but, unfortunately, it was too late," he said.
He said the area has been receiving heavy rains for the last 24 hours.
"We urge residents to take caution because the rains are still ongoing," he said.
Mwatate OCPD Monica Kimani said the bodies would be taken to the Moi County Referral Hospital mortuary in Voi.