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Three children drown in a dam in Narok

Tragedy has struck a family in Ntulele area in Narok East sub-county after three siblings drowned in a dam in the area.

Confirming the incident, Narok East sub- county police commander Mr. Muthamia Mwenda said the siblings who include a 14-year-old girl and her two brothers aged six (6) and three (3) years had gone missing on Sunday only for their bodies to be found floating on the man-made dam by a herdsman this morning.

Muthamia declined to reveal the names of the victims and their family saying the family was too traumatized by the incident and hence cannot disclose their identities for now.

He said the girl went to the dam yesterday to wash some clothes accompanied by her two younger siblings but they never returned home and no one knew what had happened.

This morning, the school uniforms the girl had already washed and spread out on the ground to dry were still at the scene.

The bodies of the deceased children have been retrieved and moved to Narok Referral Hospital Mortuary pending postmortem and further investigations into the incident.

            This tragedy comes hot on the heels of another incident where a 19–old Maasai Mara University student downed in River Narok near Narok GK prison in Narok North sub-county on Saturday afternoon. 

            According to a report from the World Health Organization (WHO); 40 people drown in the world every hour, three of them being young people. Kenya is placed at position 19 among 172 countries of the world with the highest rates of accidental drowning with a rate of 9.85 out of every 100,000 people (about 10percent).

            Drowning is a serious and neglected public health threat claiming the lives of 372, 000 people a year worldwide. According to the WHO report, more than 90 per cent of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.

  by Mabel Keya –Shikuku 

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