3 cops dead, five missing after car was swept away in Baringo floods


3 cops dead, five missing after car was swept away in Baringo floods

Seven police officers are feared dead after they were swept away by the flood waters at Kagir river in Baringo North.

The officers, reports indicate, were headed back to the ASTU police post on Thursday evening when their leased lorry was swept away.

A police officer Joseph Omboye who was aboard the ill-fated vehicle said the officers were coming from a security meeting at Kabarnet County headquarters.

The leased Isuzu Lorry or registration number GKB 438R was being driven by police driver Noah Kipng’eno and had 12 officers on board.

Around 7.30pm, the lorry was swept away as the driver attempted to cross the swollen river according to four officers who managed to swim to safety.

On Friday morning, the ill-fated vehicle was spotted, 100 meters away from where the accident occurred.

The ill-fated vehicle which was swept away by floods on Thursday night. Photo: Courtesy

Three bodies have since been retrieved from the river as efforts to retrieve the others intensify.

The latest comes just days after the Kenya Meteorological Department warned Kenyans to be extra vigilant as the long rains continue to pound various corners of the country.

Those living in flood and landslide-prone regions were advised to move to higher, safer grounds with MET projecting the rains would continue until June.

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