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Three Die in Kajiado West Landslide As ‘Miracle’ Baby Is Rescued Alive

At least three people died in Kajiado County on Wednesday in a landslide along the banks of Esonorua River in Ewuaso division.

Aerial view of Esonorua River after the incident in Ewuaso Division, Kajiado West.

The landslide occurred while four grown people, two men and two women with one of them carrying a one year old child, had taken cover from the rains in a cave along the river.

Kajiado West Deputy County Commissioner William Kakimoni told Kajiado News Update on Thursday the four adults had arrived at the river when it suddenly rained, and were forced to rush to a nearby old cave for cover.

“The incident happened on Wednesday morning when a landslide occurred and crushed two men and one woman with a one year old child. The child was found alive when we went to retrieve the bodies late afternoon,” said Kakimoni when he briefed the KNU.

Kakimoni said the other woman who was in company of those who died had walked out of the cave to answer a call of nature when the ground suddenly slid and covered her colleagues alive.

The deputy county commissioner said the bodies were later retrieved and taken to Nairobi city mortuary for preservation as they wait for postmortem to be undertaken.

The incident occurred barely five days after several people were rendered homeless after Patase River in Kajiado West Sub County bursts its banks.

It had not rained in the area when the incident occurred. The river, like Esonorua, emanates from Narok County.

Kakimoni yesterday called on the residents living along the many seasonal rivers in the region not to underrate the flowing water.

“I am appealing to them to at least have patience to allow the water flow away before they cross. Some of those seasonal rivers dry up faster in minutes or hours, but very lethal,” he warned.

He also cautioned parents not to leave their children cross the rivers alone when going to schools.

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