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Four Mavoko Water staff drown in sewer compartment in Athi River

Four  employees of the Mavoko Water and Sewerage Company died at Kwa Mang’eli area in Athi River on Tuesday evening after  they fell and suffocated into the company’s sewerage treatment plant reservoir.

The bodies were retrieved following a joint operation involving the Machakos county government water and search rescue  team, the police, fire brigade, members of the public and administration led by area Chief, Nzau Komo.

The  Machakos County Director of Emergency Services, David  Mwongela  said the deceased who were carrying out routine  maintenance checks at the plant inhaled excess carbon-dioxide gas.

“There was limited oxygen in the reservoir when they entered. Unfortunately they all suffocated to death after inhaling excessive carbon dioxide” Mwongela said.

“Upon arrival at the scene, our officers completed the rescue operation within one and a half hours” added Mwongela.

Area  sub-county Police Commander, Samuel Mukuusi  said the bodies were taken to the Machakos Level 5 Referral hospital  mortuary

The  Machakos Governor, Dr. Alfred  Mutua  has sent condolence messages to the bereaved families and ordered a probe into the incidence.

By  Rachael  Kilonzo

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