At least 24 people Catholic faithfuls died after a yellow school bus which was hired to carry choir members of Mwingi Catholic Church to a wedding plunged into a river in Kenya on Saturday in the eastern Kenyan county of Kitui, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) east of the capital Nairobi. The driver was trying to cross fast-flowing waters passing over the bridge but the force was too strong, sweeping the bus beneath the churning currents. Some aboard the stricken bus managed to escape before the bus was quickly submerged. 17 including children people were rescued. The death toll from the incident is expected to rise as some bodies were still trapped inside the bus when recovery efforts were suspended by nightfall. The efforts to recover the corpses of deceased were scheduled to resume on Sunday morning. A team of Kenya Navy divers are helping with the search and recovery efforts.
The incident is under investigation. “We have this terrible, terrible accident that happened here this morning,” Kitui governor Charity Ngilu told media. “Meanwhile, I’m going to put a lot more pressure on the national government to complete this bridge because this bridge has truly caused a lot of pain,” added the governor. Former Kitui Senator David Musila who visited the scene, urged the Kitui County government to erect barriers on the Enziu bridge to avert such accidents in the future. It remains unclear how many passengers were aboard the bus when it tipped into the Enziu River. Deputy President William Ruto urged motorists to apply extra caution on the roads with many parts of Kenya experiencing heavy rain.