Bomet County Disaster Management team has in the last one month retrieved 21 bodies drowned in the five rivers,within the County, that have burst their banks following heavy rains.
According to the officer-in-charge of the team, Stanley Mutai, six of the bodies were of people belonging to the neighbouring Kericho County, Buret Sub-County.
Mutai made the remarks yesterday at Sachola village near Bomet town, during the search for an elderly woman who had drowned over the weekend at river Chepkulo.
We have searched for the body along 3 km stretch of the river from where the family members reported to have suspected she drowned, but our efforts are hampered by strong currents in the river, owing to ongoing heavy rains he said.
He pointed out that bodies were retrieved from rivers Amalo, part of Mara River, Chepkulo, Nyangores, Kipsonoi and Chemosit rivers since beginning of the rainy season.
Mutai said that despite that he has a well-trained team, including divers, but equipment were a great challenge in rescue operations.
We try our best but, for example, divers lack Oxygen cylinders, swimming costumes among other items, to venture deeper into river beds as they would risk their own lives also, he retorted.
Mutai assured the family members of the drowned woman that Monday morning the exercise will begin and retrieve the body.
Last week, Bomet County Commissioner, Geoffrey Omondi told chiefs and the assistants to ensure that area residents moved to safer grounds for their safety.
Omonding said that the heavy rains pounding the region have caused havoc in the destruction of property and loss of lives in the area.
He at the same time assured them of the government’s preparedness in rescue missions in case of any unforeseen disaster in the waiting.
Source: Kenya News Agency