Sad:Seven more die in Ongata Rongai after drowning in river Kandasi

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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,4TH MAY 2018-Seven people have died on Thursday night after  they were swept by raging waters while trying to  cross Kandisi River in Ongata Rongai, Kajiado County.

They  were part of a group of 10 people who were crossing the bridge when flood water levels rose drastically as the rains pounded the area through the night.

When we visited the area  residents  said  the 10 attempted to hold on to the guardrails but they were not strong enough to withstand the force of the floods.

Area MP, Joseph Manje blamed the contractor of the bridge for rushing the construction.

“The contractor did not wield the guardrails properly and they caved in, we need a stronger bridge as this is the main bridge towards the SGR station in Ongata Rongai,” said the legislator.

Area residents said the SGR contractors should be involved in the building of a stronger bridge that will serve the area well.

Figures released by the  Kenya  Red Cross on Friday indicate that 112 people have lost their lives since the current rains started raining in various parts of the country.

The societies secretary general Abas Gullet said most of those deaths have been caused by floods emanating from heavy rains and mudslides since early April.

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