Two Schoolgirls Drown in Kithino River, Tharaka Nithi
Two schoolgirls drowned in the Kithino River near Chiakariga in Tharaka Nithi County.
The two, aged 12 and 13, allegedly went swimming with a group of four children after a church service on Sunday afternoon.
According to Jane Mukami, one was overwhelmed by the water currents, and the other rushed to her rescue but drowned while attempting to help her friend.
The remaining two ran to report the incident around 2 PM, but by the time neighbors arrived to rescue the girls, they had already died.
“The two girls drowned at the deep Ndia Mathendu section of Kithino River,” said Mr Kimathi adding that the section of the river has huge rocks.
One of the pupils attended Kinamuthi Primary School in Class Seven, while the other attended Kithino Learning Centre in Grade Six.
Simon Ndonco, Director of Kithino Learning Centre, confirmed that one of his students had drowned in the river.
Only a month ago, three other primary school children drowned in the Kathita River while fetching water to wash their school uniforms.
The three students from Gakuyu Primary School in Kirukuma Sub-Location, aged 13, 12, and 10, had traveled several kilometers to Gituma Sub-Location to look for water to wash their school uniforms in preparation for school reopening.
Both bodies were transported to the Marimanti Level 4 Hospital.