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Woman, 43, drowns in a seasonal river in Narok

A 43-year-old woman drowned in River Mogor in Transmara West sub-county as she attempted to cross it.

Confirming the incident, Narok County Police Commander Mr. John Kizito Mutoro said the woman who has been identified as Mary Milgo was coming from Kelena market at around 8pm when she slipped into the swollen river while trying to cross it on a log placed across it.

The body has been retrieved and moved to Nyamache Hospital Mortuary in Kisii County pending postmortem and further investigations into the incident.

Mr. Kizito cautioned residents to be careful when crossing rivers as they are currently swollen as a result of the heavy rain pounding the country.

On Wednesday this week, a body of a 30-year-old woman was recovered from a seasonal river in Majengo area in Narok town. Still early this month, three siblings from Kisiriri village in Narok North Sub County drowned in river Siyiapei during a swimming expedition.

In March this year, tragedy struck a family in Ntulele area in Narok East sub-county after three siblings drowned while washing clothes in a dam in the area. This tragedy came just a day after a 19- year-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 every hour, three of them 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 100,000 people.

By Mabel Keya –Shikuku 



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