Five die after boat capsizes in River Nzoia while on mission to retrieve colleague who drowned
By Fay Ngina | May 17th 2020
drowned in River Nzoia, Siaya County on Saturday afternoon, May 16, after a
motor boat they were in capsized.
which was carrying nine people, had been hired to help in retrieving a
colleague who drowned last week.
Siaya Deputy County Commissioner Joseph Sawe, who confirmed the
incident, said that a mission had been launched to search who the bodies of
those who drowned.
Those who drowned were identified as, Bernard Masawa, George
Oduor Audi, Joseph Omondi Ochieng George Ojwang Orecho and Kennedy Odhiambo
four who survived, reportedly swam and got help from residents. One of them is
in critical condition while the other three are stable.
to the Siaya County Commissioner, while speaking to K24, said that the
occupants aged between 20 and 30 years, had travelled a distance of 49
River Nzoia reportedly burst due to the ongoing heavy rains in the country that have claimed the lives of more than 237 Kenyans and over 5,000 families displaced in the county alone.
Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa during a press briefing, stated
that the number of Kenyans who were affected by the floods significantly rose
from 122,00 to 161,000.
The CS stated that the most affected area was the Lake
Victoria with over 44,000 thousand people displaced in Bundalangi and 66,000 in
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