Kwale based JSS teacher buried alive in Marakwet landslide

A past incident of house sinking in a landslide in Marakwet. Photo:courtesy

A junior secondary school teacher has been killed following a landslide in Kapkau, Sambirir ward Marakwet East.

According to residents, the 25-year-old teacher based in Kwale County identified as Evans Kipkoech and his Grade 7 brother were buried alive at their home during the 11pm incident that left their 55-year-old mother with serious injuries.

Confirming the incident, county Disaster Management and Response Chief Officer Lawrence Mutwol said the area is prone to landslides during rainy seasons. He called on residents residing in the area he described as sloppy to vacate and move safer grounds.

Terming the incident unfortunate, Mutwol said the incident got the teacher at the time he was preparing to travel to his work station ahead of school reopening for second term.

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“It is unfortunate that we have lost two siblings to mudslide. A JSS teacher and the brother were buried alive while asleep. The area is sloppy and is prone to such incidences during rainy season. We call upon the residents to vacate these areas during this season and move to safe grounds to avoid loss of lives,” he said.

While condoling with the family, County Governor Wisley Rotich said it was sad losing a young teacher whose career has be nipped off the bud by the incidents.

“I wish to convey my sincere condolences and that of the entire county for this unfortunate incident,” he said through his social media handles adding that county disaster team and Red Cross have been dispatched to respond to the situation.

By Philemon Kiprop

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