Six police officers were confirmed dead after they drowned in Kagir River in Baringo North after heavy rains resulted in flooding on Thursday.
A sixth body was retrieved from the river on Saturday following a second day of a search mission. Efforts are still underway to retrieve a seventh body which is still missing.
The seven were part of a team of 12 officers from the Anti-Stock Theft Unit who were returning to their base in Chemoe from an event in Kabarnet when their vehicle was swept away by floods.
Five of the officers managed to get themselves to safety while the other seven were unable to do so and were swept downstream.
Swollen rivers, heavy rainfall and a rough terrain are hampering the search mission, which the military is assisting, according to Baringo County Commissioner Henry Wafula.
“We have mobilised several of our officers and locals to assist, with two choppers from the police service and another from the military,” Wafula told the Daily Nation.
Wafula said the mission will continue until the final body is located. He added that residents of Tiaty said they had spotted a body about 20 kilometres away from the scene of the incident.
The search mission is also seeking to recover the guns that the officers were carrying during the incident.
Baringo has been plagued by incidents of gun-fuelled cattle rustling which has left scores dead and others displaced in a wave of insecurity that the government has struggled to contain.
Source(s): Daily Nation
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