Residents in Katine, Matungulu Sub-County in Machakos were shocked as a 36-year-old man met his untimely death after a sand pit collapsed on him whiles harvesting sand.
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The man whose identity was not given immediately was among five other men who were harvesting sand in the area before the tragedy happened.
Katine sub-location assistant chief Timothy Musau confirmed the incident and told Hivisasa on phone that the man lost his life on the spot as efforts by his colleagues to save him proved futile.
“They were six men who were harvesting sand before a section of the sand pit caved in, trapping the man inside. His colleagues’ attempts to rescue him was in vain,” said Musau.
“It’s risky. They dig deeper until it becomes dark and they are forced to use torches. He didn’t survive the ordeal,” he added.
He said the man hails from Mitaboni area in Kathian and his family has been notified about the sad incident.
The chief warned residents against unsecured sand harvesting pits that pose danger to their lives.
His body was conveyed to Kangundo Level Four Hospital for preservation.