Two children dead after heavy rains pound Taita Taveta

Eldoro Primary School in Taita Taveta which was marooned by floodwaters following heavy rains. File Photo
Eldoro Primary School in Taita Taveta which was marooned by floodwaters following heavy rains. File Photo

By Malemba Mkongo 

A pupil died after being swept away by flood waters while another drowned while swimming in Taita Taveta county on Thursday.

In Landi village, Mwatate sub-county, standard two pupil Francis Kiseu had been walking home from Maili Kumi Primary School when he was swept away by water.

Reports indicated he drowned while trying to cross a river.

His body was found in a ditch at Chakaleri area, two kilometers from the school, and taken to the mortuary at Moi County Referral Hospital.

In Taveta sub-county, a class one pupil of Lesesia Primary School drowned while swimming with his friends.

Duncan Kilonzo said his son Stephen Wambua had been herding livestock with other children in a quarry area, when they decided to swim in a dug-out area filled with rain water.

“Wambua got overwhelmed,” County Police Commander Fredrick Ochieng said on Friday.

The body was taken to the morgue at Taveta sub-county hospital.

Ochieng advised parents to warn their children against walking through water while it rains heavily.

“Those residing along hill slopes and waterways should move to safer grounds [to prevent deaths due to flooding] and the collapse of walls.”

The weatherman has warned that the heavy downpour is expected to continue for the next five days.
~ The Star

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