Mar­alal pupils stranded on way home as river bursts banks after heavy rains

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

Hun­dreds of pupils headed home from schools were ma­rooned after a river burst its banks fol­low­ing heavy rain­fall. The chil­dren were re­leased early from Loikas Pri­mary School but could not cross the River Loikas. Par­ents had to wait sev­eral hours along the banks for the wa­ter to sub­side be­fore pick­ing up their chil­dren. Other pupils were from St Paul’s and Mar­alal pri­mary schools, and could not cross to their homes at Mi­ami, Loikas, Mtaro and Chang’aa in Mar­alal town. Residents urged the county and na­tional govern­ments to build two bridges to en­able chil­dren to cross the river to and from school even when it rains. Mer­cilna Le­sil­ampa, a board mem­ber at Loikas, said many chil­dren who cross the river do not re­port to school dur­ing the rainy season for fear of be­ing car­ried away by floods.

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