Kenya

Two girls drown as wooden bridge collapses in Mumias

Two girls drown as wooden bridge collapses in Mumias
  • The family has pitched camp at the river bank where the girls drowned.

  • The ill-fated bridge connects Malaha to the ward headquarters at Nyaporo in Isongo.

Two girls drowned after a makeshift bridge they were crossing collapsed in Mumias East sub county on Saturday.

Lavender Mang'eti, Patience Mang'eti and Sandra Mang'eti were swept by raging waters at River Lusumu in Munungu village in Mumias East, Kakamega County, as they crossed to Isongo area.

The trio was heading to Khaimba for prayers when the wooden makeshift bridge collapsed. A quick response by the villagers saved Sandra.

However, the raging waters made it difficult for the villagers to save the two sisters.

The girls’ grandmother Gladys Nechesa said Lavender sat for this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exams at Bumini Primary School while Patience was to join class five.

“This is a big blow to the family,” said Ms Nechesa.

The body of Patience was recovered one kilometre from the bridge on Sunday afternoon by iCare divers from Webuye.

Kakamega County disaster technical team chairman Musa Chibole said: “A team of seven divers from iCare have teamed up with the villagers in the recovery efforts. So far we have managed to recover one body."

County Trade, Industrialisation and Tourism Executive Kassim Were joined the disaster team in searching for the bodies.

The family has pitched camp at the river bank where the girls drowned. The river has several footbridges connecting villages. The ill-fated bridge connects Malaha to Nyaporo in Isongo.