David Kipchirchir aged 17 and Elijah Kiplagat , 32 ,have drowned at a Chinese quarry in Tugen Estate, Moiben, Uasin Gishu County. Elijah was trying to rescue David who drowned while swimming.

The quarry is where Chinese have been getting murram for road construction but its now full of water due to  heavy rains being experienced in the area. The bodies have not been traced.

The reason behind existence of the high number of abandoned quarry pits universally is because of the low reserves of the excavated materials compelling mining corporations to relocate from time to time leaving behind a trail of environmental menace (Phillips, 2012).

The most obvious engineering effect of quarrying is on the environment. Quarrying distorts nature by disturbing unique habitats, significant alteration of topography and unchecked disruption of basic ecological relations ,experts claim

Open cast quarrying activities represents a major perturbation to the natural landscape, creating significant effects on habitat loss.

The incident comes one month after a man  drowned at Kwabulo, Nyali, while attempting to swim across a flooded area. He drowned after telling his colleague that he wanted to take a swim

The weatherman had earlier warned Kenyans  to be on high alert as the rains would wreak havoc

 

 

By By Henix Obuchunju

Multimedia journalist

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