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Three people buried alive in Bomet quarry incident

Locals at the site of the collapsed quarry in Chepkositonik village, Bomet East Constituency in Bomet County. [Gilbert Kimutai, Standard]

Residents of Chepkositonik village in Bomet East Constituency are racing against time to rescue sand miners trapped in a collapsed quarry.

At least three people are believed to have been in the quarry when it caved in.

Authorities told Standard Digital that the incident happened Tuesday morning as the miners went about their daily routine.

Villagers have joined in the rescue efforts, added the authorities.

Joseph Tonui, a local, said the walls of the quarry collapsed at about 10:00aam when the group was just starting the day’s work.

He said some miners who were yet to start entering into the quarry witnessed the incident and raised the alarm.

“We are not sure of the number of those who are trapped inside but we are told they could be more than three people because they always wake up as early as 6:00am to start work,” he told Standard Digital on phone.

“We are currently using our hands and spades to dig up the rubble but we are hoping that a machine that can do it faster will be deployed.”

A team of disaster officers have been dispatched to the scene to help in the rescue.

Bomet County disaster officer Stanley Mutai said a team has been mobilised to join the rescue operations.