Saturday 29 September 2018

Collapse at illegal sand mine in Kisumu County, Kenya, kills two children.

Two children have died following a collapse at an illegal sand mine in Kisumu County in western Kenya on Saturday 29 September 2018. The bodies were recovered by police after they were alerted to the incident by local residents and taken to the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital. The deceased have been identified as pupils at the Nyambo Primary School and Orongo Secondary School. Several other people working at the mine are reported to have fled the scene after collapse, including a relative of the dead children who was apparently in charge of the operation.

The scene of an illegal sand mine in Kisumu County, Kenya, where two children died in a collapse on 29 September 2018. Denish Ochieng/Standard.
Denish Ochieng/Standard
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This is the latest in a series of incidents at illegal sand mines in Kenya recently, fuelled by a demand for the material for the construction industry, Such mines often use child labour, as children will generally work for less than adults, and seldom take any form of health and safety considerations into account. 

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