PHOTO SESSION TURNS TRAGIC AT THOMSON FALLS AS WOMAN DROWN

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A family in Nyahururu town is seeking assistance to help them retrieve the body their daughter who drowned two days ago afternoon while taking pictures with her brother at the world famous Thomson falls in Nyahururu town.

The 39-year old woman identified as Ms Jemima Oresha was standing on a stone near the River which is located at the bottom of the falls when when the photo session turned tragic. According to her brother Zablon Mungafu, he was taking a photo of his sister, when she slipped and fell into the River.

Mungafu said that the victim had traveled to Nyahururu town from Kitale in Trans-Nzoia County on Saturday to visit some of her relatives who live in Nyahururu and was set to return to Kitale on Monday. According to Mungafu, his sister on Sunday insisted on visiting the famous tourist attraction site before going back to Kitale.

He added that when they reached the site she was very excited to see the falls and insisted that he take photos of her while standing on a stone next to the river and it is when she slipped and drowned. Nyahururu Sub County Police Commander Geoffrey Mayiek said that a rescue mission had been launched but was being hampered by the high flow of the waters. “It is raining heavily here, and that falls has a high flow of waters.

 The Kenya Red Cross officials are already here but we are seeking support from divers who can help us retrieve the body,” he said. Thomson Falls stands 74 meters high on Ewaso Narok River a few kilometres from Lake Ol Bolossat.

 They are one of Kenya’s highest cities, at 2360 meters above sea level. The Falls are a tributary of Ewaso Nyiro River, which drains from the Aberdare ranges that form one of the pillars of the Great Rift Valley. It projects a very scenic waterfall that has become a great attraction to both foreign, local visitors and nature lovers who flock into the site.

Thomson was a Scottish geologist and naturalist who became the first European to walk from Mombasa to Lake Victoria in the early 1880s.

This is a picture of Ms Jemima Oresha, 39, that was taken by her brother Jablon Mungafu minutes before she slipped and drowned at the world famous Thomson falls in Nyahururu town on Sunday.

The body of the victim is still missing

 PHOTO| COURTESY By: Ann Mwihaki @mountkenyatimes Wednesday, July 29, 2020| The Mt. Kenya Times 9

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