More than 20 people drowned today when a bus carrying them was swept away by flooding as the driver tried to cross an inflated river in eastern Kitwi County. Kenyasaid the county governor.
The church was accompanied by a church choir and other people who were going to a wedding in Kitui County.
People watching from a distance started screaming when the rented yellow school overturned and sank.
Many parts of this East African country were hit by unusually heavy rainfall last week. At least 17 people, including four children, were rescued after the bus was swept away by the Enziu River, Governor Tsariti Ngilu said.
“Tragedy struck Kitty County this afternoon,” he wrote on Twitter, adding that rescue operations were being carried out by Kenya Red Cross and security personnel.
Video from the local Citizen Television network showed a yellow school bus, with a sign on the side indicating that it belonged to a local seminary, falling into the swollen river while a crowd of locals watched.
Then the bus seems to get lost in the water in the middle of the route, causing hysteria and mourning to the people watching from afar.
The governor added that “23 corpses” had been pulled from the river by then and that “there are still corpses inside the bus”. He said the search for the bodies of the victims would continue on Sunday morning.
Eyewitnesses said the driver tried to cross the bridge while it was flooded with water, the force of which swept the vehicle in swirling currents.
Vice President William Ruto expressed his condolences to the families of the victims, urging drivers to be especially careful when crossing the country’s roads, where many areas are hit by heavy rains.