Four swept away by floods in Meru

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Four people  including a 15 year old have lost their lives after they were swept away by floods in Imenti North.They were swept from a building they had been sheltering at Gitimene Shopping Centre.

Two of the victims were identified as Boniface Muriungi, 15, who was studying at Miugune Vocational Training Centre, and James Karani aged 25.

Jamleck Kimathi, a resident who had sought shelter from the rain with the victims, narrated how he narrowly escaped death after he left the area when water levels started rising.

“They had told me the rain would stop in a few minutes but I watched them being swept away as they struggled to avoid debris,”

Ms Lucy Kigora, a farmer narrated how she spotted the bodies as she inspected the damage caused by the flood water, when she spotted two bodies trapped by trees.

Another one was spotted about 20 metres from her house by curious residents.

Naari chief Francis Rimberia said the bodies were recovered at 6am in an operation conducted by the fire and rescue services and Kenya Red Cross.Head of the rescue services Joseph Njoroge warned residents to avoid crowding in places with a lot of deep water.