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Class one pupil drowns in Taita Taveta dam accident


A swimming expedition turned tragic after a primary school pupil drowned in a dam.

Kasigau chief Johana Mwambuso said the Kiteghe Primary School boy drowned on Wednesday as he swam in a dam that was overflowing after heavy rains pounded the region.

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“The victim and his colleagues had taken livestock to the dam for watering when the tragedy befell them,” said Mr Mwambuso.

He added: “The body of the boy was later retrieved by villagers and taken to the Voi County Referral Hospital mortuary.”

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The incident brings to four the number of people who have been killed in floods in the recent past.

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Two other people – a 70–year-old man and a four-year-old girl – were swept away by floods at Makwasinyi and Rukanga villages in Voi sub-county, according to Kasigau MCA Ibrahim Juma Mwambonu.

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The semi-permanent house in which the elderly man was sleeping was swept away by flash floods.

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