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23 people missing as boat capsizes in Tana River


By Edward Chweya
Monday April 29, 2024

A search and rescue mission is ongoing after a private boat that was ferrying an unspecified number of people capsized between Madogo and Garissa on Sunday evening.

The boat  was ferrying people at a fee across the flooded section of the Madogo- Garissa road when tragedy struck.

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A video seen by Citizen.Digital from the incident showed several people on top of the capsized boat, while others were swimming in the raging waters.

Residents shocked by the tragedy could be seen standing helpless on the shores of the raging floods, with others wailing and calling for help.

In another video, the ill-fated boat was captured ferrying people across the swollen Tana River, and could be seen being swept by the raging waters before it capsized.

The boat was overloaded, with a second one finding its way across the tumultuous river.

Residents waiting by the roadside to be ferried watched helplessly as the boat capsized.

Some of the passengers in the boat tried to swim in the raging floods, with water overwhelming them.

Reports reaching Citizen Digital indicate so far 23 people are missing from the tragedy as rescue operations continue.

Tana River has broken its banks following the heavy rains experienced in most parts of the country.

The Garissa-Nairobi highway was cut off by the raging floods at Madogo, leading to the booming boat business that has turned tragic.



 





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