Kenyan woman slips and fall into a dam while posing for photos


Kenyan woman slips and fall into a dam while posing for photos

Kenyan woman slips and fall into a dam while posing for photosA lovers’ picnic at Chepkiit Waterfalls in Nandi County turned tragic after a woman slipped and fell into the dam while posing for photos.

Dorcas Jepkemoi Chumba, 31, was swept away by raging waters on Sunday afternoon while her partner, Benjamin Kazungu, was using her phone to take pictures of her.

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Efforts by Mr Kazungu to rescue her bore little fruit as he helplessly watched his fiancé drown in the raging waters.

“I tried to rescue her but I was not able since the dam was full to the brim,” he said after the horrific incident.

Now, Mr Kazungu says the only memory he is left with is the last photo he took of her before she fell to her death.

Ms Chumba’s family, which hails from Kapchorwa village in Keiyo South, has been camping at the falls since Sunday with the hope of retrieving her body.

Efforts by local divers were still futile at press time.

Her brother Victor Kiptoo appealed to the county governments of Uasin Gishu and Nandi to help the family find her body.

“It has happened and we accept it, what we are requesting is help to retrieve the body for burial,” he said.

Nandi County police boss Samson Ole Kina said rescue efforts have been thwarted by raging floods.

He appealed to family members to be patient as rescue teams continue to monitor the situation.

“This dam has become a dangerous place especially during rainy season, members of public are advised to keep off for their safety,” he said.

Several incidents

This is not the first time such an incident has occurred at the scenic falls.

In 2018, university student Cynthia Jeptoo was swept by its raging waters while celebrating her 22nd birthday on October 30.

Three years ago, a high school student from Uasin Gishu also drowned in the same dam during a picnic.

In June 2013, a Moi University student who was in the company of 25 others died there.

In July 6 the same year, the body of a 21-year-old William Onyango was recovered from the dam.

Local residents claim that the falls claim an average of two lives annually.

A local village elder, Jonathan Too, who has been living near the falls for the last 35 years says more than 200 people have lost their lives at Chepkiit Waterfalls.

“Every year a life is lost in this dam, especially during the rainy season. I have witnessed more than 200 bodies being retrieved,” he said.

Residents now want the Nandi County Government to take charge of the area and improve security for visitors.

They want the devolved unit to fence the falls, deploy security officers and hire tour guides to manage the waterfall area.


Kenyan woman slips and fall into a dam while posing for photos

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