Search for four bodies of four people who were boarding a Toyota Probox vehicle believed to have been swept by Enziu River on their way to attend a burial ceremony at Nuu is still on-going for the last two weeks, while another body of a form four student at Machakos boys High School who drowned down stream at a place known as Ivuusya is still missing.
Over the weekend, officers from the national disaster operations centre arrived on the ground to aid in the search for boies of the five people who drowned.
Trucks from the national Youth Service (NYS) are also on location to assist in escavating the sand and pumping out water in the deep ditches where the people are said to have been buried by sand.
Husna Omari who is the officer in charge of the Kenya Red cross in Kitui county said that they have pitched camp in the river for the last one week, where they have been conducting the search aided by the local residents.
Ms Omari said that they have been pumping water all through from the deep ditches in order to see whether they can locate the bodies of the deceased people.
Kang’ali Wambua, who is mother to the missing Machakos Boys high school form four candidate who drowned while swimming at River Enziu said that her son was her only hope, and the only thing she got in the last moments with her son, is sharing a meal with him.
Peter Kisovo Kang’ali, a partial orphan was a form four student at Machakos Boys secondary school and he was being sponsored by the Equity Bank’s wings to fly owing to his poor background, as depicted by her mother’s inability to speak in either English or Swahili.
Gilbert Nyale, an officer from the National Disaster Operations Centre said that they will be working in conjunction with the Kenya Red cross and the county government of Kitui in order to trace bodies of the five people who drowned at River Enziu.