Update 19:00: The wreckage of the bus which plunged into River Enziu was retrieved on Sunday, December 5.
Images seen by Kenyans.co.ke show the bus being pulled out of the river by a crane and an excavator.
Kitui County Governor, Charity Ngilu, took to social media, stating that the recovery process was still ongoing.
"The ill fated bus wreckage has been retrieved from the river bed and the process of ascertaining whether there are any more bodies still trapped in the wreckage or the river bed continues," she stated.
President Uhuru Kenyatta earlier on Sunday, December 5, sent his heartfelt condolences to the families that lost their loved ones in the unfortunate incident in Mwingi, Kitui County.
Kenyatta also wished a quick recovery to those that were injured in the unfortunate incident.
The Head of State reminded Kenyans across the country to heed Government advisory against attempting to cross swollen rivers especially during the current rainy season.
The driver of the ill-fated bus that killed 23 individuals, had waited for nearly two hours before he made the decision to cross River Enziu.
Though some of the wedding attendees stated they were getting late for the occasion, the driver insisted that he was not familiar with the bridge, hence, expressed fears of crossing.
A survivor, Simon Kea, narrated that the driver got confident after two matatus and some contractors crossed the flooded river.
Some of the travellers who were stranded by the river banks also hopped onto the bus with the hope of getting a lift to the other side.
"We were about 40 passengers when leaving Mwingi in the morning. Around 10 seats were empty. As we were crossing the river, the 51-seater bus was full with more than 15 people standing," Kea told the Nation.
The bus, which is estimated who have been carrying around 60 passengers, overturned to the shock of the onlookers at the scene.
Narrating how he escaped death narrowly, Kea disclosed that he was pulled out through the window by one of the divers who rushed to the scene to save lives.
"I felt a hand grab my shoulder and pull me out through the window. I thank God for sparing my life," he added.
As of Saturday evening, 23 bodies had been retrieved and 10 survivors had been rushed to the Mwingi Hospital.
Officers from the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) have since been deployed to help with the rescue mission.
Preliminary reports indicated that members of the bridal party, her three children and two grandchildren, were also on the bus.
"This is a river and it was flooding. The driver lost control and slid into a ditch. The bus capsized next to the bridge. The driver has also died. The bus was leaving Mwingi Central towards Nuu in Mwingi East," Mwingi East Sub County Police Commander Joseph Yakan told the media.
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