A mother and her two-year-old child drowned on Sunday, December 19, while crossing a river in Kinango constituency Kwale county.
The woman, Umazi Menza Kengo, and her child, Kachimbizi Mvurya Dalu, drowned on their way home from church.
Area OCPD Fred Ombaka confirmed the incident saying that the bodies of the two were yet to be retrieved.
An undated image of a police vehicle at a scene of a crime
He, however, noted that efforts to retrieve their bodies were still ongoing.
Officers leading the search and rescue mission coordinated divers and area residents in the operation that has already spanned one day.
Ombaka warned the citizens from crossing flooded rivers and urged them to exercise restraint during the rainy season.
The drowning incident came just days after the country lost 33 souls after a bus plunged into River Enziu in Kitui County.
The individuals were headed to a solemnization ceremony when the regrettable incident took place.
In a recent statement, the Kenya Meteorological Department cautioned Kenyans to brace for heavy rainfall with possibility of flash floods and strong winds.
Some of the counties that are expected to be affected include; Embu, Meru, Murang’a, Nairobi, Nyeri, Kiambu, Kirinyaga and Tharaka-Nithi. Others are Kitui, Machakos, Makueni, Isiolo, Garissa, Tana River, Taita Taveta, parts of Mombasa, Kilifi and Lamu.
“The heavy rainfall is expected to reduce in intensity on Wednesday, December 22. The heavy rainfall is likely to be accompanied by strong winds of more than 15 knots,” the department’s director Stella Aura stated.
Kenya Met also warned of potential floods and asked Kenyans to be on the look out.
“We advise the residents to avoid driving through, or walking in moving water or open fields and not to shelter under trees and near grilled windows to minimise exposure to lightning strikes,” Aura added.
Mwingi residents mill around the accident scene where a bus capsized with 30 wedding guests on board at Enziu River in Mwingi on Saturday, December 4, 2021.