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A student killed by a Hippo at the beach

An 18 year old girl was killed while another one aged 13 years survived with severe injuries following a hippopotamus attack at Nyandiwa beach, Gwasi West location of Suba South constituency.

Dorine Eurelia Onyango, (deceased) a form three student at St. Anthony Nyandiwa Mixed secondary and Samantha Akoth Owino (survivor) of Nyandiwa Bridge Academy were ambushed and attacked by rogue hippo at the shore after drawing water from the lake.

According to Suba South Beach Management Unit Network chairman William Onditi, the two were attacked by the same rogue animal but in separate locations.

Onditi said that Samantha was rushed to Nyandiwa Level Four Hospital where she is still recuperating while the body of the deceased was taken to Kobodo Mortuary hospital in Ndhiwa constituency.

The chairman further raised concern of the increasing number of hippos in the beach due to overflow of water from the lake as a result of ongoing downpour along the lake region.

He called on the Kenya Wildlife Services to find a lasting means of taming the rogue hippos whose populations are increasing thus creating havoc to the beach dwellers.

The area chief Tobias Opiyo confirmed the incident to KNA and warned parents against allowing their children to go to lake especially at this time when the water level has increased greatly.

By Dan Oduor and Davis Langat

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