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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