Sibling Photo Session at Thompson Falls Ends in Tragedy

  • Jemima Oresha, 39, who was taking photos at Thompson Falls before she slipped and fell on Monday, July 28
    Jemima Oresha, 39, who was taking photos at Thompson Falls before she slipped and fell on Monday, July 28
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  • UPDATE 5:30 p.m.: The body of Jemima Oresha, a woman who slid and fell in Thompson falls, was on Wednesday, August 5, found.

    The body was retrived by villagers, a week after the horific incident took place.

    Oresha's brother, Zablon Mungafu, was taking photos of the deceased on a stone next to River Ewaso Narok at the bottom of the falls when she slipped and fell into it.


    A woman taking photos with her brother at Thompson Falls, Nyahururu County, slipped and fell in the river on Monday, July 27.

    Jemima Oresha, 39, who was taking photos at Thompson Falls before she slipped and fell on Monday, July 28
    Jemima Oresha, 39, who was taking photos at Thompson Falls before she slipped and fell on Monday, July 27
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    Jemima Oresha, 39, was standing on a stone near the river as her brother, Zablon Mungafu, was taking photos of her, when she slipped and was swept away by the raging waters.

    Oresha had travelled from Trans-Nzoia County on Saturday, July 25, to visit her family in Nyahururu.

    Mungafu narrated that the deceased had insisted on visiting the famous Thompson Falls and taking photos, before returning to Kitale on Tuesday.

    While confirming the incident, Nyahururu Sub-County police boss Geoffrey Mayek indicated that a rescue mission had since been launched.

    "The fire bridgade and Red Cross personnel rushed to the scene in a bid to rescue her but were unsuccessful due to the high levels of the river that have been caused by the current heavy rains," Mayek stated.

    Milton Luvukhoa, another member of the family, has requested the county government of Laikipia to send more divers to help in the recovery mission.

    The Kenya Meteorological Department had reviously warned that heavy rains in parts of the country would intensify from Sunday June 7, 2020.

    "Nairobi as well as the Coastal region are expected to receive moderate rainfall from Friday, June 5, to Tuesday June 9,of June 2020. The rains are expected to intensify from Sunday June 7, to Tuesday June 9, 2020 to over 20mm in 24 hours," the statement read in part.

    The weatherman highlighted that the areas which may be hardest hit include; Trans Nzoia, Nandi, Uasin Gishu, Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, Vihiga Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia, Migori, Homa Bay, Kisumu, Siaya, Nakuru, Narok, Kericho, Nyamira, Kisii, Bomet, West Pokot, Samburu, Turkana, Nairobi, Nyeri, Kiambu, Nyandarua, Laikipia, Murang'a, Kwale, Kilifi, Mombasa and Lamu.

    "Residents living along major river basins in the affected areas are advised to be on the lookout as the levels of the rivers and dams are expected to rise," Kenya Met warned. 

    Jemima Oresha, 39, who was taking photos at Thompson Falls before she slipped and fell on Monday, July 27
    Jemima Oresha, 39, who was taking photos at Thompson Falls before she slipped and fell on Monday, July 28
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