Floods wash away ambulance, its occupants

November 21, 2015, 2:30pm


Residents of Ombeyi Village in Ahero are on the move to safer grounds after their houses were flooded by the heavy El Nino rains on November 17, 2015. Two people are missing after an ambulance belonging to the Laikipia County government was on the night November 20, 2015 swept away by raging floods at Doldol town. PHOTO | TONNY OMONDI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By KNA, Daily Nation

Two people are missing after an ambulance belonging to the Laikipia County government was on Friday night swept away by raging floods at Doldol town.

The driver of the ambulance, who was accompanied by a nurse, is said to have tried to cross the swelling Doldol River when the waters overcame it and swept it downstream in the 10pm incident.

According to Laikipia North Sub County Administrator Mr John Letai, there were heavy rains in the area at the time leading to flooding.

Mr Letai said immediately he got the information he mobilised some people to carry a rescue exercise but with increasing rains, raging waters and darkness, the rescue exercise was called off.

The Administrator added that after the rescue team walked down stream for one kilometre, they could not locate the Vehicle or its occupants.

He said that at around 1.00am, the vehicle was located about 500 metres from the river’s crossing point to Doldol town but the rescuers could not reach it due the fast flowing waters.

The rescue exercise was suspended till Saturday morning when the team hoped to get back up from emergency responders including Kenya Red Cross to remove the vehicle from the river.

The ambulance was later recovered but its occupants were missing and efforts to trace them are still on-going, Mr Letai said.

The nurse is suspected to have tried to swim to safety as his clothes were recovered in the mangled ambulance when it was pulled out of the water.

Villagers said that the missing duo brings to three the number of people suspected to have been swept by the same river.

Last Friday a woman was said to have drowned in the river and her body has not been recovered.