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Death toll from River Enziu tragedy hits 25

The death toll from River Enziu accident in Kitui County has reached 25, after two more bodies were retrieved from the swollen river on Sunday afternoon.

The two bodies retrieved on the second day were of a middle-aged man and a baby.

According to local divers, the rescue mission has been made difficult owing to the strong water currents, and the position of the bus – three feet below the surface.

“When we returned to resume our operations this morning, we found that the bus had overturned sideways. I was diving hoping to land on the roof but instead went through a window into the bus. It will require extra vigilance for us because of the broken window pieces I have encountered there,” a local diver attached to the Kitui County Government told journalists.

Among those who perished in the accident are four children.

The passengers, members of St Joseph Catholic Church in Mwingi East are said to have been heading to a wedding in Nuu.

According to the footage, the St. Joseph Seminary School bus driver attempted to cross River Enziu which was full due to the ongoing rains. The crossover went south just as they neared the other side, when the bus lost control and plunged into the river.

Mwingi East OCPD Joseph Yakan said the school bus had approximately 50 passengers on board when the accident occurred.


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