5-Year-Old Boy Rescued by Police Helicopter After Being Stranded by Floods for 3 Days in Kenya

A 5-year-old boy in Kenya was rescued by a police helicopter after being stranded for 3 days due to severe flooding. The rescue operation highlights the importance of swift emergency response to save lives during natural disasters.

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5-Year-Old Boy Rescued by Police Helicopter After Being Stranded by Floods for 3 Days in Kenya

5-Year-Old Boy Rescued by Police Helicopter After Being Stranded by Floods for 3 Days in Kenya

A 5-year-old boy named Mutuku Kioko was rescued by a police helicopter in Machakos, Kenya on Tuesday after being stranded by floods for three days. The rescue operation was a joint effort between the Kenya Red Cross Society and the Kenya Police.

The boy had been left behind by his father, Martin Kioko, as water levels surged in Nduani, Yatta, Machakos County following heavy rainfall. The National Police Service (NPS) Airwing Officers, led by Captain Chief Inspector Evans Okoth, First Officer Captain Chief Inspector Loise Wangui, and Flight Engineer Bernard Orimba, responded to an emergency call made by Machakos Deputy Governor Francis Mwangangi.

Why this matters: The rescue of Mutuku Kioko highlights the severe impact of the ongoing heavy rainfall and flooding in parts of Kenya. It emphasizes the importance of swift action by emergency services to save lives in the face of natural disasters.

Initially, the Kenya Red Cross deployed a rescue boat, but due to unfavorable conditions, the police provided a helicopter to complete the operation. "The child was visibly shaken but was promptly taken to a nearby hospital for medical care," the Kenya Red Cross stated.

The successful rescue operation was facilitated by the intervention of Deputy Governor Mwangangi, who alerted Inspector General Japhet Koome. The NPS Airwing, under the leadership of Commandant Captain James Kabo, Assistant Inspector General of Police, plays a vital role in various security-related aerial operations.

The recent heavy rainfall in Machakos has caused significant damage, leaving many residents trapped in their homes due to the floodwaters. Over the weekend, 15 people were also rescued from their flood-marooned residences in Kinanie, Machakos.

The Kenya Red Cross has been proactive in addressing the challenges posed by the ongoing heavy rainfall, conducting search and rescue missions, distributing essential supplies, and engaging in risk communication efforts. However, the organization noted that some Kenyans have been disregarding their warnings, leading to 35 fatalities so far.

Key Takeaways

  • 5-year-old boy rescued by police helicopter after 3 days stranded in Machakos floods
  • Rescue operation was a joint effort between Kenya Red Cross and Kenya Police
  • Police helicopter used after Red Cross boat rescue attempt failed due to conditions
  • Rescue facilitated by Machakos Deputy Governor's call to Inspector General
  • Recent heavy rainfall in Machakos has caused significant damage and left many trapped