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Man drowns at the eve of New Year

01 January 2013, 10:28Alloys Musyoka

Hours before the world waved good bye to the year 2012 to welcome 2013, a family in Magarini district was mourning the death of their loved one who drowned in River Belesa few meters from Marereni market.

The deceased is said to have been swimming in the river when he drowned in the strong running waters.

Area chief Francis Kazungu said the deceased was swimming to cross the swollen river when he was swept by water.

His body was discovered hours later.

“According to those who were around that time, the man was trying to cross the other side of the River but was swept midway and drowned,” said the chief.

He said the water level of the river was increasing every now and then due to the heavy rains which are being experienced in some parts of the country.

The deceased, he said, is among two other locals who have drowned in the river since July this year.

He urged locals to avoid swimming in rivers that pass through the region as well as Indian Ocean to avoid  more deaths.

The chief also called on parents to restrict their children who have for a long time been been frequenting the banks of swollen rivers.

The Red Cross Society of Kenya Malindi branch officials said that they are doing all their best to ensure that they respond to such disasters in time especially during this festive season when many people are visiting the beaches at the coastal region.

Malindi Red cross coordinator Musa Hassan Musa said they are doing all they can to manage all disaster in the area.

“It is not that easy to save live but we are trying especially in Malindi and Magarini sea shores where people from different parts of the country are going to spend their holiday,” he noted.

Musa warned visitors and locals touring the area to be careful and take care of their children to avoid losing them during this festive season.

This incident took place few days after two minors escaped death narrowly after they were saved by wardens at Malindi Marine Park as they were being swept away by strong sea currents.

The duo had disappeared from their parents' vicinity at the beach because the area is currently flocked by many people but their parents reported immediately to the Marine Park management who responded quickly and saved them.


 
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