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36 passengers rescued after flooded Lodwar river sweeps vehicle

By Bakari Ang'ela | October 19th 2020 at 11:55:47 GMT +0300

Passengers coalesce on top of the matatu to be rescued after the vehicle was swept by the water currents. [Bakari Angela, Standrad]

Thirty-six people escaped death narrowly on Monday morning when the bus they were travelling in was swept into River Kawalase in Lodwar, Turkana County.

The bus, belonging to Mwanake bus company, was swept by the river currents when the driver attempted to cross it at 8 am.

Lodwar Town Ward Administrator Shaban Lotabo who arrived at the scene to help in rescue operations said all 36 passengers who were on board were rescued.

“The members of the community with support from the Kenya Red Cross officials managed to rescue all the passengers. Only one infant who is about six months sustained serious injuries and was rushed to Lodwar County Hospital,” said Lotabo.

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He cautioned the residents against crossing the river while it is flooded as he called the for the deployment of police to ensure motorists do not cross the flooded river.

“We have agreed that the bus owner will facilitate the movement of the passengers to their respective destinations,” said Lotabo.

Kenya Red Cross official Rukia Abubakar commended the residents for coming to the rescue of the passengers.  He also praised the medics from Lodwar County Referral Hospital who arrived at the scene to help in recuse operations.

According to Christine Wamba, one of the passengers who were on the bus; the driver ignored the concerns of the passengers and insisted on crossing the river saying the water level was low.

“We thank God we are safe, but we are requesting that anyone who lost their property they should be supported.

She said she had travelled for eye treatment and lost her new spectacles in the accident.

River Kawalase Turkana County Passengers
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