Tragedy struck a village in Sagalla location in Voi after a man drowned in a flooded dam.
The victim, identified as Mr. Mwashuma Mwasanje, 45, drowned after he went swimming with others in the village on Sunday.
Speaking to KNA on Monday, acting County Police Commander Joshua Lutukai said that scores of villagers had gone swimming with the deceased when the disaster struck. The victim was overcome by waters in the massive dam and sank as his colleagues watched helplessly from the banks.
“The man drowned after he was unable to swim in the murky water of the dam. The recent rains have led to massive rise in water volumes in the dam making it a risk for villagers who swim in it,” he said.
The body was retrieved later and taken to Moi County Referral Hospital Mortuary awaiting a postmortem. Investigations have been launched on the death. This brings to four the total number of people who have drowned within two months.
In mid-December, a Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) worker drowned in Ndii as he took a bath in a dam created by the contractor. The police claimed that the deceased had lost his balance on a slippery bank and fell in the dam and sank.
The body was retrieved two days later after it floated. Lutukai explained that the authorities were unable to respond fast to the drowning incidences because of lack of specialized equipment and divers. “We had to wait for two days for divers from Mombasa to come retrieve the body,” he said.
During the same month, a four-year old drowned at Kaloleni village after he slipped and drowned in an abandoned quarry that had filled with water following El-Nino rains.
Late November, an expectant woman drowned after she was washed away by raging floods at Maungu area along Nairobi-Mombasa highway. The body of Ms Maria Adhiambo was recovered kilometers away after she was washed away by strong currents following the bursting of Kamwemba dam.
The police have warned people in the region to avoid swimming in dams and quarries to avert more deaths.
By Wagema Mwangi