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Three dead after Mandera bus is swept by floods

Three dead, 42 rescued after Nairobi-bound Mandera bus is swept by flash floods

Passengers atop a bus that was swept away by flash floods as it tried to cross a seasonal river at Gadudia in Mandera County on April 16, 2015. One person was confirmed dead while 42 had been rescued by 2pm. PHOTO | COURTESY |

Passengers atop a bus that was swept away by flash floods as it tried to cross a seasonal river at Gadudia in Mandera County on April 16, 2015. One person was confirmed dead while 42 had been rescued by 2pm. PHOTO | COURTESY |

In Summary

  • Mandera Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) coordinator Ahmed Mohamed said confirmed that one body had been retrieved from the river.
  • Mr Mohamed said rescue operations which involved KRCS, the military and other government organs were ongoing.
  • The KRCS official said the bus which overturned after being swept by the floods had been removed from the waters and turned over.

At least three passengers were killed when floods swept away a bus in Mandera on Thursday morning.

More than 20 others were still missing by 4.30 pm.

County Commissioner Alex Ole Nkoyo said that rescuers were still searching for more bodies along the river where the incident occurred.

The bus, Mr Nkoyo said, had 59 passengers without counting the children when it was rummaged by the fierce waters.

Only 42 passengers were rescued from the bus which was overturned by the floods, Mr Nkoyo said.

There were thus fears that the number of those killed following the floods could rise to even more than 10 as signs of more passengers being rescued faded as darkness neared.

The bus was traveling from Mandera to Nairobi.

SEASONAL RIVER

Mandera Kenya Red Cross Society coordinator Ahmed Mohamed said also said 42 passengers who were in the bus as it tried to cross a seasonal river at Gadudia had been rescued by 2 pm.

Mr Mohamed said the rescue operation which involved KRSC, the military and other government organs was ongoing.

“We will brief you as the operation continues. It is ongoing,” he said.

The KRCS official said the bus which overturned after being rummaged by the floods had been removed from the waters and turned over.

The bus which was headed to Nairobi got stuck in the mud and was then swept by floods together with its passengers.

MANDERA TOWN

“Several people have been carried away but the rest are on top of the bus after coming out through the windows,”

Mendera County Commissioner Alex ole Nkoyo had earlier said.

“The water level is coming down and we have formed a human wall to help rescue those on the bus and those who might have drowned,” he added.

The incident occurred 35 kilometres from Mandera Town.

The bus was said to be the only one from Mandera that was headed to Nairobi as other bus companies kept off the roads due to heavy rains.

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