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BY CORRESPONDENT,MAKUENI,19TH DEC 2017-Three sand harvesters died early Tuesday after they were buried alive following the collapse of Kwa Muvai River in Makueni County.
Two more harvesters were rescued from the debris and rushed for treatment.
The accident occurred at 5am, according to Makueni County Commissioner Mohammed Maalim.
“Those neighbouring the scene reported hearing a bang at the mine (sic) and on rushing there, they found that the mine had caved in, burying the five alive,” he said.
He cautioned sand harvesters against working in dunes and rivers at night, saying it is against county laws on sand harvesting.
Further, Mr Maalim said police would impound a sand transporter’s lorry that was trapped at the collapsed dune.
“The lorry will be placed in the hands of authorities to assist in investigating this incident,” he said.
This is one out of such incidents that have been reported in the region in the recent past as residents continue with the activity which has already been outlawed by government.