Two killed by crocs as they fetch water

Wednesday September 10 2008

By GALGALO BOCHA and JOHN NJAGI

Two women were killed and a herdsman seriously injured when they were attacked by crocodiles in separate incidents in Tana River District.

The women were attacked while fetching water from a crocodile-infested river. The herdsman was attacked while grazing cattle near a lake.

Remains of the women, residents of Mwanja and Ozi villages in Kipini Division, were by Wednesday yet to be recovered. Relatives were still searching for them.

Mr Dube Salim, a villager, told the Nation that in the first incident, several women had gone to the river. One of them, she said, went down with a bucket as others remained on the riverbank.

“The ones who had remained on the bank heard screams after their colleague was attacked and dragged down the river by the reptile,” Mr Salim said.

He added that the rest of the women fled.

When villagers rushed to the river, Mr Salim said, the crocodile had already disappeared with the victim.

In the second incident in Ozi Village, the woman was attacked when she and others went to fetch water.

She was attacked as she went up the bank after collecting water. The injured herdsman is admitted to Malindi District Hospital. He was attacked in Samicha area in Kipini. Sources said he was rescued by fellow herders who responded to his distress call.

Tana River police boss Iregi Ngatia said he had not yet received reports of the attacks.

Elsewhere, two workers died Wednesday when soil collapsed on them as they excavated building stones at a quarry in Kiganjo forest, Nyeri North District.

Heavy rains

Another person was taken to the Kiganjo dispensary with a fractured arm.

Residents attributed the early morning accident to heavy rains that fell in the area the previous night, loosening the soil above the deep pits.

According to the survivor, Charles Fundi, 18, the workers noticed some particles falling on their bodies and assumed there was a goat grazing nearby.

He said the two men asked him to move the goat to another area but moments later a huge mass of soil fell down, burying them.