GSU Officers Saved From Drowning After Camp Collapses


Police Officers from the Wema General Service Unit (GSU) camp in Tana Delta Sub County were rescued on Saturday after their office was submerged in floods.

The officers were saved by fellow officers drawn from the Kenya Coast Guard Services (KCGS) who responded to emergency calls. 

Kenya Coast Guards were summoned to help the officers who had attempted to navigate the flooded waters yesterday evening but could not make it to higher ground. 

While using a boat, and also clad with lifesavers to avoid drowning, the KCGS officers ferried the stranded GSU officers to a safer area. 

A section of camps submerged in flood waters after heavy rainfall in coastal region on December 2, 2023

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NPS

 

The rescue team also managed to salvage essential items including firearms, walkie-talkies and other police essentials. 

However, the exact number of officers who had been saved from the flood waters was yet to be established.

“The National Police Service commends the GSU Officers, and indeed, all NPS Officers wherever they are serving our Country, for their true reflection of the resilience and great urge of serving our nation,” read a statement by NPS.

“NPS reiterates its commitment to serve and to protect, and to the multi-agency spirit,” the police service led by Inspector General Japhet Koome appreciated. 

The incident comes at a time when different parts of the country are witnessing enhanced rainfall that has since resulted in the deaths of more than 142 people, according to statistics released by Government spokesperson Isaac Mwaura.

In a statement dated December 1, Maura noted that over 472,000 people had been displaced by the ongoing floods across the country.

The government deployed the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and the National Youth Service (NYS) to help in the rescue and distribution of food items in the most affected areas. 

Screen grabs of section of Mombasa Nairobi Highway Swept off by floods

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KeNHA





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