In Summary
  • Worried residents immediately reported the incident to local administrators and the police.
  • They expected a police chopper to save the three men.
  • Most victims drowned as they attempted crossing flooded rivers.

Three men marooned on a small island nestled at a section of Athi River which passes through Yikivuthi Village in Makueni County spent the third day in the cold Monday amid desperate appeals for assistance.

Mr Mutuku Tila, Mr Mutei Kiambi and Mr Muinde Kasuu were marooned on Saturday when raging waters suddenly broke the river’s banks.

The three casual labourers, who burn charcoal for a living, were reported missing by their families on Saturday and spotted the following day perched on rocks on the small island.

Worried residents immediately reported the incident to local administrators and the police.

POLICE CHOPPER

They expected that a police chopper, which rescued two other people who had been stranded on the upper section of the river, would save the three men.

"We have been expecting, in vain, that the water will subside. We urgently need a chopper to rescue the three," said Mr Daniel Kimiti, a resident.

"The chopper did not get to this side of the river on Sunday," said Masongaleni Chief Pius Kamuya who joined dozens of residents keeping vigil along the river bank.

SLEEP ON ROCKS

"We've been signalling them not to risk wading through the raging waters," he told the Nation on Monday.

"They sleep on rocks. We guess they survive on wild berries. They need to be rescued quickly before the raging waters cover them up," he added.

There are fears that the three could be washed away unless they are rescued quickly as it rained heavily in the region Sunday night.

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