Three killed, property lost as rains pound Narok village

By: GEORGE SAYAGIE

Three people were killed by floods in Talek Village, Narok County. Two of them were primary school pupils. This occurred after a downpour on Monday. Heavy winds and hailstones hit the area from 5pm to 8pm.

Ward Rep Henry Siololo said the children were from the Olobakita family. The male adult was from the Nkaiseyie family and worked in cultural manyattas around the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, entertaining tourists.

According to village elder Tialal ole Sairowua, who witnessed the storm, the children were aged between six and seven and schooled at Oloigero Primary in Talek. He said the two were herding goats and cattle when the rains started.

HEAVY DOWNPOUR

Mr Sairowua told the Nation that the children were with the man when Impuai River broke its banks. Mr Sairowua said two other children were rescued along the seasonal river.

“The rains were exceptionally heavy. I have never seen such rains for the last 46 years I have lived in this area,” said Mr Sairowua.

He said the man was swept away as he tried to rescue the children from the raging waters. Their bodies were taken to the Narok County Referral hospital Mortuary.

Talek Village is adjacent to the game reserve, and about 100 kilometres west of Narok Town.

The floods also swept away more than 300 sheep and goats and 16 cattle. Roofs of more than 10 houses in Mararianda, Aitong, and Olare-orok villages in the Narok South Sub-County were blown away.

A woman and a man were seriously injured when the roofs were damaged.

Narok County Police Commandant Abdi Galgalo said security officers had been sent to the villages to assess the damage.

“We are calling on the national and county governments to come and help the villagers,” said Mr Siololo.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION