In Kironge village, Taita Taveta County, four family members were swept away by flash floods last Sunday night.
A heavily pregnant mother and her three children were affected, leaving many in shock.
One of the children, aged six, was found on Sunday night after the rains had subsided, and the mother was found on Tuesday at Mwatate dam.
However, the two remaining missing children were only found on Thursday morning by search teams in the same dam after an extensive search and rescue operation.
The bodies of a two-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy were found an hour apart.
Family, friends, and neighbors who had camped on the banks of the dam broke down in tears as the bodies were recovered.
A multi-agency operation, led by Mwatate Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) Margaret Mwaniki, was launched on Sunday night to recover the bodies.
The search operation involved dredging around the dam and a surface search for the victims in the water.
Ms. Mwaniki confirmed that all the bodies of the missing family members had been recovered.
The bodies were preserved at the Moi County Referral Hospital mortuary in Voi.
The DCC expressed her gratitude to the search team for camping there for three days and said that they were now handing over the bodies to the family for burial preparations.
The deceased woman’s father, Rashid Mwamidi, said that it was a difficult time for everyone involved, including the family, friends, and the whole village.
He added that they would begin burial preparations for his daughter and grandchildren.
It is a moment of deep sorrow for them all.
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