Two dead after stone quarry collapses in Homa Bay
Two people have died after a stone quarry collapsed at Oyuer village in Rachuonyo North, Homa Bay County, on Monday night.
The two, identified as Tobias Ombija (38), and George Otieno Nyadiero (42), died on the spot while crushing stones inside the 10-feet-cave at around 7:30pm.
According to Kanyipir Location Chief Israel Okoth Amadi, the two were finalizing their long day working at the site when, all of a sudden, loose soil and crushed stones came down on them.
Amadi said a villager whose home is located near the quarry raised alarm.
The administrator said locals who responded at the scene launched a rescue mission and, after several hours of operations, recovered the two bodies stuck beneath the debris.
Mr. Amadi said the stone quarry where the two died is being operated illegally without approval from the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA).
He has called on the residents to look for other alternative sources of livelihood in the area such as farming to avert similar incidents in the future.
The two bodies were moved to Kendu Bay Adventist Hospital mortuary.