UPDATE 4.10pm: Two more bodies have been retrieved following the tragedy at River Enziu in Mwingi, Kitui County, raising the total number of bodies to 25.
Among the bodies retrieved on Sunday, December 5 is a body of a nine-month old baby.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday, December 5 sent his heartfelt condolences to the families that lost their loved ones in the unfortunate incident in Mwingi, Kitui County.
At least 23 people, members of the Mwingi Catholic Church choir, were reported dead when a bus they were traveling in plunged into the Enziu River on Saturday, December 4.
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At the same time, Uhuru wished quick recovery to those that were injured in the unfortunate incident.
“Once again, the President wishes to remind Kenyans across the country to heed Government advisory against attempting to cross swollen rivers especially during the current rainy season.
“More information on the unfortunate incident and measures the Government is taking to prevent similar mishaps from reoccurring will be shared in due course,” read a statement by State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena.
It came after divers from the Kenya Navy suspended search operations on Saturday night for the remaining bodies but resumed on Sunday.
New details revealed that the driver of the bus had waited for nearly two hours before he could eventually cross the flooded river.
Despite some of the wedding guests expressing worry that they were getting late for the occasion, the driver had insisted that he did not know the bridge well, hence was hesitant to cross.
One of the survivors then revealed that the driver developed confidence to cross the river having seen two matatus and a contractor beat the flooded waters. Other travellers who were stranded by the flooded river banks mid journey wanted to catch a lift with the bus to the other side.
“We were about 40 passengers when leaving Mwingi in the morning. Around 10 seats were empty. As we were crossing the river, the 51-seater bus was full with more than 15 people standing,” Kea told the Nation.
The bus, in a video seen by Viral Tea, attempted to beat the flooded waters but had overturned just before it could reach dry land on the other side, to the horror of onlookers at the scene as well as the cameraman who filmed the video.
The survivor narrowly escaped death when he was pulled out by one of the divers through the window in efforts to save lives.
“I felt a hand grab my shoulder and pull me out through the window. I thank God for sparing my life,” he added.
A video also emerged showing the choir engaged in full song at the river bank just before they made the cross.