, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 16 – At least four people drowned when a Public Service Vehicle attempted to cross a seasonal river in Mandera.
Four others were still reported as missing when the rescue mission was called off on Thursday evening for security reasons given previous terror attacks by the Al Shabaab.
Forty-two others thankfully made it out of the incident alive following a six-hour rescue operation that included a specialised Kenya Red Cross team flown in from Nairobi.
Images of the incident showed some of the passengers managed to make their way to the top of the bus where they held-on for dear life.
The Nairobi bound bus ferrying 50 passengers attempted to cross River Gadudia on Thursday morning when it was caught up in the flash flood.
Heavy rains have been pounded parts of the country following the onset of the long rains and the resultant flooding claimed five other lives in Bondo over the weekend.
Bondo sub-county community policing Chairman Juma Abuko told Capital FM News that the five died in separate areas within the town.
Abuko said a woman and a man died at Barkowino sub location within the town when they were swept by the raging floods.
A woman and her child on a boda boda drowned in the floods when a vehicle hit their motorcycle from behind.
A middle aged man also died at Kopolo area within the town. The five bodies were retrieved at taken to Bondo sub county hospital mortuary.
Abuko said the flash floods left a trail of destruction as business people are still counting their losses.
He reported that several goods including plastic tanks, utensils, and shoes were washed away from the shops and business people could be seen walking around collecting some of their goods within the town.
He said a house next to Bondo town in Urimba village was submerged in water and later crumbled but no injury was reported.
In that homestead two cows died after being submerged in water.
According to the Kenya Meteorological Service, the long rains will continue into May with these counties expected to receive above normal rainfall: Busia, Vihiga, Kakamega, Bungoma, Kisumu,Siaya, Migori, Kisii, Kuria, Nyamira, Borabu, Gucha, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Kericho, Nandi, Nakuru, Narok.