Two men die after pit latrine caves in burying them alive
30 September 2016, 17:57
Nairobi - Two men died Thursday afternoon after a pit latrine they were digging at Kiangai Secondary School in Kirinyaga County caved in burying them alive.
The 24 and 25-year-old long time colleagues were exhumed by fellow workers and residents while unconscious.
They were rushed to Karatina District Hospital, about 20 kilometers away, where they were pronounced dead.
According to hospital’s Doctor in charge, Livingstone Waweru, the two arrived in the health facility at 1.40pm and 1.50pm, respectively, but were already dead on arrival.
“We received the two persons but had already passed on. One was brought by a well-wisher while the other was brought in by police officers,” said the Doctor.
A fellow worker, Charles Kinyua, who vowed to quit the job following the sad occurrence said the duo stayed in the 40-feet deep pit latrine for more than one hour before been rescued.
“It was our final day digging that pit latrine after working on it for a whole week. A weighty soil collapsed on them. I had left shortly and on coming back I found that they have been buried,” said Kinyua.
He added that the pit latrine was a CDF-funded project.
He reported that, together with the deceased, they have been digging latrines for more than five years and have never encountered any accident.
The rescuers used jembes, spades, mattocks and ladders from Karatina Fire Fighters to exhume the two men.
Area Member of the County Assembly, Geoffrey Muriithi advised the residents to have contacts of disaster management teams for rapid response.
He asked workers at construction sites to ensure they are always on protective gears for their own safety.
“This is a normal accident but let us make sure we have the required protective gears whenever at work. Even employers should insist on wearing the gears,” said Muriithi.
A resident, John Wachira said the deceased were know friends and were working together on casual jobs in the area
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