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At least 20 people died in Kenya as their bus submerged in river

20:24, 04 December 2021
At least 20 people died in Kenya as their bus submerged in river Photo: Reuters

The deceased were choir singers who were heading to their colleague’s wedding.


Kenyan police announced on Saturday that at least 20 people drowned in the Enziu River in southeastern Kenya after their bus plunged into the water while trying to cross a flooded bridge in Kitui County.

“The search and rescue operations are going on but for the moment 20 bodies have been taken away from the river,” police chief Joseph Yakan told on the scene of the tragedy.

The video shows that the bus driver was seeking to cross the river in spate but the vehicle could not resist the force and lurched to the left near the finish.

He added that at least ten people were saved. The police are trying to find out the exact number of passengers carried by the bus designed for 51 people, as well as their identities. It is believed that at least three of them were minors.

It has been unveiled that all the passengers were Mwingi Catholic Church choir members and they were driving to attend their co-worker’s wedding ceremony.

According to police data, the bus was possessed by Mwingi Junior Seminary, a private school. Besides, one of the victims was reportedly the bridegroom’s daughter. An investigation has been opened.