Elderly Man Rescued After Week-Long Ordeal on Flooded Island

In a dramatic turn of events, Nyolo Ngeti, a 74-year-old man, has been rescued after enduring a harrowing seven days stranded on Ndeini island in Wamunyu, Machakos County, following flooding from River Athi.

Ngeti, who had ventured to the island to attend to his cattle, found himself cut off from the mainland when water levels surged, making it impossible for him to navigate back.

His ordeal finally came to an end on Tuesday morning thanks to rescue efforts orchestrated by Machakos Governor Wavinya Ndeti.

Recalling his traumatic experience, Ngeti revealed that he survived the week without consuming any food and resorted to drinking the flooded water for sustenance.

Expressing his gratitude for his rescue, Ngeti thanked Governor Wavinya Ndeti for organizing a boat to bring him back to safety and pledged to warn others about the dangers of flooded areas.

This incident is part of a recent series of rescues from the treacherous waters of River Athi during the rainy season. Last Friday, seven individuals stranded in the Kabaa area were airlifted to safety after enduring three days amidst the raging currents.

Additionally, another individual was rescued in Oldonyo Sabuk, while a five-year-old boy was airlifted by police from the Ndiuni area in Katangi after spending five days stranded on an island.

Rita Ndunge, the Machakos County Executive Committee Member for Roads and Transport, who oversaw Ngeti’s rescue, issued a stern warning to residents, urging them to avoid flood-prone areas to prevent similar incidents in the future.

These rescues underscore the perilous nature of navigating flooded regions during the rainy season and serve as a stark reminder of the importance of heeding weather warnings and exercising caution near water bodies prone to flooding.

As communities grapple with the challenges posed by unpredictable weather patterns, authorities and residents alike are urged to prioritize safety measures to mitigate the risk of further tragedies associated with flooding in Machakos County and beyond.

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