A 24-year-old man drowns in river Siyapei

Security agents and members of the public have mounted a search for the body of a 24-year-old man who drowned in River Siyapei in Al-mashariani area of Narok North sub-county.

Confirming the incident, area OCPD, Joseph Kisombe said the man who has been identified as Danson Kamasia was trying to cross the swollen river at around 6pm when the accident occurred.

Kisombe said the body was swept downstream and security personnel and members of the public were currently combing the river to try and recover the body.

The OCPD urged wananchi to be cautious this rainy season as many rivers in the area were getting flooded during the on-going heavy downpours across the country.

The Meteorological department has forecast heavy downpour in some parts of the country this week.

Heavy floods on Tuesday evening destroyed the Narok-Maai-Mahiu road at Karima area in Naivasha sub-county, taking away the life of a school girl and cutting off communication to Western Kenya and upper Nyanza to date.

The road has not been re-opened for use by vehicles plying the highway to Nairobi and Western Kenya.

A boda boda operator was swept away by raging floods which also swept away an ongoing multi million bridge Project in Narok town on Tuesday night.

Last month, a 42�year-old teacher drowned in River Mara in Emarti area in Trans Mara East.

According to a report from the World Health Organization (WHO); 40 people drown in the world every hour, three of them being young people.

Kenya is placed at position 19 among 172 countries of the world with the highest rates of accidental drowning with a rate of 9.85 percent out of every 100,000 people.

Source: Kenya News Agency