BY CORRESPONDENT,TURKANA,21ST OCT 2017-Forty passengers of a bus that was heading to Lodwar from Kitale are lucky to alive after the bus was swept by flash floods on Kitale Lodwar highway in Turkana county early Saturday.
The passengers were heading to Lodwar when they were trapped at Kainuk Bridge on the Turkana-West Pokot border by flood water at 2am.Kenya Red Cross officials, had to combine efforts with travelers in other vehicles to rescue the passengers
The driver of the bus belonging to Eldoret Express company unsuccessfully tried to drive across a seasonal river in Kalemorok.
The bus was swept off the damaged bridge and rolled on its side.
After overturning, it got stuck in the mud and rocks, giving passengers an opportunity to escape through the windows.
They stood on the side of the bus as they waited to be rescued.
According Eldoret Express Service Company Lodwar Manager John Kimani who spoke to the press the bus had 40 passengers at the time of the incident, confirming that all of them were rescued and booked in other buses and proceeded to Lodwar.
National Disaster Management Unit Deputy Director Pius Masai on Friday warned members of public to be wary about flash floods during the rainy season.
“We also call upon the County Disaster Teams to always respond and assist in search and rescue mission in case of such incidents.
“Members of public should also be sensitized to avoid similar incidents,” Mr Masai said.