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August 19, 2018

Ongoing rains claim 31 lives in Bomet

The effects of heavy rains in Athi River, Machakos County, March 15, 2018. /GEORGE OWITI
The effects of heavy rains in Athi River, Machakos County, March 15, 2018. /GEORGE OWITI

31 people have died in Bomet since the start of the heavy rains in March, County disaster management officer Stanley Mutai has said.

Mutai said three of them are still missing and their search is ongoing at Nyangores and Itare rivers.

Most of the deceased are said to have drowned in Nyangores, Kipsonoi and Chemosit Rivers while others in several small dams in the region.

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Six of the bodies are recorded as suicidal cases.

Mutai also pointed out that two were yet to be identified and were still lying at the Longisa referral hospital morgue.

“So far we have received reports of 31 drowning cases and out of these, 27 are from Bomet while four are from the neighboring Kericho…we are yet to find the other three,” he noted.

He also stated that his office has begun sensitizing the members of the public especially those living downstream and those close to rivers to move to safer zones.

“Some of the cases are of people crossing while drunk.  We sensitize them on the need to avoid risking their lives,” he said.

 

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