The Star (Nairobi)

21 December 2012

Kenya: Four Children Drown in Swollen River Yala

THE bodies of three children have been retrieved from River Yala. The three are among four people who drowned when their canoe capsized on Tuesday.

North Yimbo chief Opil Rabut said the fourth body is stuck in the rocks. Richard Onango Obote 13, Walter Edwin Otieno 13, Pascal Omulo 13, and Dadi Ndege 7, drowned as they were going home after grazing their animals.

The children usually paddle to the other side while the animals swim across the river However, on this day, the river's intensity was high after a heavy downpour that evening sweeping the children away.

Nicholas Oduor who tried to rescue the children drowned and his body was found on Wednesday morning. Rabut said the animals safely swam to the river bank.

"We are still searching for the remaining body though the intensity of the river remains a stumbling block towards our search," he added. MP Oburu Oginga said his office will help with the burials.

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