Gold miner slips and drowns in pit, kid elec­tro­cuted

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

A gold miner on Monday slipped and fell to his death at Aloidi mines in South Ka­m­agambo ward, Rongo. Robert Weke, 23, was climb­ing down a lad­der when he fell and drowned in the mine, which was filled with wa­ter fol­low­ing heavy rains.

Kitere chief Erick Mala said his work­mates found him dead at the bot­tom of the pit. Rongo po­lice boss Jonathan Kisaka urged min­ers to be care­ful. He said many min­ers risk suf­fo­ca­tion and death in col­lapsed mines.

Mean­while, a nine-year-old girl was elec­tro­cuted in North Ka­m­agambo ward, Rongo, on Monday. Frida Atieno and her seven-year-old friend were play­ing when they stepped on il­le­gally con­nected wires ex­posed fol­low­ing heavy rains. “They were play­ing in a pool of rain wa­ter when the ac­ci­dent oc­curred,” Kisaka said. Atieno’s friend is hos­pi­talised in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

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