Four drown in River Athi

Four bodies were this morning retrieved from River Athi in Tala area of Matungulu Sub-county of Machakos.

According to sources at the scene the four died while attempting to cross the swollen river at Joska-Kamulu bridge along the busy Kangundo Road, Thursday night.

The Matungulu OCPD, Samuel Mukuusi, said the identities of the victims were not immediately established.

The bodies were taken to Kangundo Level Four Hospital Mortuary awaiting a post mortem to establish the actual cause of death.

This came barely hours after the Machakos County Government and the Kenya National Highway’s Authority issued a stern warning that residents should keep off the route.

Last night, Machakos Governor, Dr. Alfred Mutua, in his Twitter and Face Book page urged the residents to use alternative routes.

Those trying to use the road from Nairobi or Machakos should turn back. Our engineers on Mombasa road are busy repairing the Mto ya Mawe bridge so that we can open the road, said Mutua in his twitter handle.

Mto ya Mawe River in Athi River burst its banks, Thursday, evening leading to a temporary closure of the busy Nairobi-Mombasa Highway.

According to KeNHA Director General, Eng. Peter Mundinia, who was on site on Friday morning with other government officials, the bridge is in a stable condition following last night’s late night repairs.

Mundinia said his team is monitoring the Stone-Athi bridge and urged those plying the route to exercise caution when using it.

He exuded confidence that the ongoing construction of the new bridge which is expected to be completed in September this year will help ease the situation.

Source: Kenya News Agency