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9 Bodies recovered so far from the Gwassi flash floods

24 April 2012, 11:15 Oduor Omondi

The body of one of the children who perished in the ravaging flash floods witnessed in Gwassi 5 days ago was recovered on Tuesday morning, raising the number of bodies recovered so far to nine.

Rescuers retrieved the body of 13-year-old Eddy Onyango Adero; five days after flash floods struck two villages, Wiga and Nyaburu in Samba Location. The floods swept away two homes and caused havoc in the larger Homabay County.

Four people, among them three at Nyaburu and one at Wiga were rescued on the fateful night as five were declared missing.

Area OCPD, Cheruto Githinji, said police removed the partly decomposed body, which was buried deep in the loamy soil, and took it to St. Camilus Hospital mortuary to await burial exercise.

Meanwhile, a mother to two of the children who perished at Wiga village has also died in hospital.

Alice Adhiambo died at Magunga Health Centre, where she was rushed for treatment after being rescued from the floods.

Assistant Minister for special programs, Mohammed Hussein Gabo, toured the flood-hit areas and distributed relief food and materials to the victims in Homabay and Suba districts.

The minister, who was accompanied by Rangwe MP Martin Ogindo and his Gwassi counterpart John Mbadi, said the government was in the process of formulating lasting solutions to disasters in order to avoid being caught unawares.

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