May 17, 2022

Update: Mwingi death toll currently stands at 30

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Four more bodies were retrieved yesterday Sunday from river Enziu raising the death toll to 30 people.
This is after a bus capsized in the river, which is in Mwingi County, on Saturday.
Those who died include five children and eight adults.
Fifteen of the dead are members of the same family who were going to attend a wedding of an elderly couple aged over 70 years.
“Among the bodies retrieved today is a body of a 9-month-old baby,” an eye witness told Iganjo media.
The death toll from the incident is expected to rise as some bodies are still trapped inside the bus.
Kitui governor Charity Ngilu condoled with the bereaved families and said recovery efforts will resume today Monday morning.
“I want to send my heartfelt condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in this incident and pray that God will give them strength and fortitude to bear the pain of loss,” Ngilu said.
“For now as it is getting late, we would be asking people to go back to their homes and that we start this operation tomorrow,” Ngilu said at the scene of the accident on Saturday.
“Meanwhile, I’m going to put a lot more pressure on the national government to complete this bridge because this bridge has truly caused a lot of pain,” added the governor.
The first time governor said the retrieved bodies had been airlifted by Kenya Air force to Mwingi and Kyuso mortuaries.
The accident occurred after the bus driver attempted to steer the vehicle through a flooded section of a bridge on river Enziu. the 54- seater bus was overcome by raging waters and swept into the river.

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