Baby swept by floods near her home

By John Shilitsa | Thursday, Dec 5th 2019 at 08:48
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A two-year-old girl is the latest victim of the heavy rains pounding Kakamega and many other parts of the country.

Triza Nechesa Mukusa drowned in a stream near her parents home at Muchanja village in Malava sub-county.

“She was walking first to catch up with the rest of children but tripped after stepping on a rock while attempting to cross the stream,” said Alex Mukusa, the deceased’s father.

He said one of the children rushed back home to inform them that Nechesa had drowned.

Villagers managed to retrieve the body of the girl downstream moments later.

“After frantic search for the body, we managed to retrieve her out of the water,” said Mr Mukusa.

The stream has no bridge and the children have to wade through the water, balancing delicately on scattered rocks while crossing to the opposite side.

Hassan Musumi, the area assistant chief has urged parents to keep watch on their children to avert similar accidents.

Elsewhere, heavy down pour destroyed five classrooms and an office at Shirugu Primary school in Malava.

Deputy head teacher Enock Webo said the Tuesday afternoon rains threatened to bring down the entire buildings.

No injuries were reported during the incident but Webo fears the over 700 learners may not have a place to learn from when they report back in January.

“We call on well-wishers to help us put up new classrooms before schools re-open because the situation is unbearable,” he said.

And families living at Shitao on outskirts of Kakamega town said they were living in fear after heavy rains started washing away graves in which they have buried their loved ones.

“The heavy rains have been washing away huge mounts of soils and we fear the graves will not be spared,” said Amakanji Luchiha, a resident.

Residents said their plea for help appears to have been ignored and now fear for the worst.

“Some houses have been brought down by the heavy rains and now some graves have started disintegrating,” said Clement Musoka, whose son’s fresh grave is on the verge of being swept away.

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