NAIROBI, Nov 29 (NNN-KBC) — Seven people have been confirmed dead after a mini bus they were travelling in was washed away by floods at Agolo Muok on Sori-Magunga road in Homa Bay County.

The vehicle was swept away by flood when its driver attempted to cross a bridge on Agolo Muok stream on Friday evening heading to Nyandiwa. Rescuers saved 18 people among them three children.

Homa Bay County Police commander John Omusanga said three bodies were recovered Friday night while the rest, among them a primary school teacher, were recovered on Saturday morning.

Omusanga said the search for more bodies in the stream was still on.

He said that nine of those rescued were being treated at St Camullus Hospital in Migori.

And in Migori county, five passengers lost their lives after a matatu (privately-owned mini-bus) they were traveling in was swept away by floods when River Kuja burst its banks amid heavy rains pounding various parts of the country.

Migori Deputy County commissioner James Mabeya said the vehicle was overpowered by the floods which have affected Sori Karungu region in Migori County. According to the Kenya Red Cross Society, 13 people were evacuated Friday night.

Elsewhere, Leaders in Laikipia County want the national and the local governments to construct a bridge at Loisokut area along Nanyuki- Doldol road, in a bid to save lives. This is after an ambulance driver and a nurse were swept away by flash floods on Friday night last week.

Led by Mukogodo West MCA Paul Lebeneyo, Rumuruti’s Joseph Suge, nominated MCA’s Jane Meshami and Elizabeth Paraiton and local assembly majority leader Ephraim Kamakia, they said the area pose a major risk. The two were swept away together with the vehicle while crossing the river locally known as Raaga.

By Friday, the bodies had not been recovered, but the vehicle was removed and towed to Nanyuki town.

Speaking when they visited the relatives of the two affected families, the leaders called on the two governments to construct the bridge to save more human and livestock lives. — NNN-KBC