The 3 things Victor Odhiambo and other trapped miners are begging from below to be given

As the country continues to keenly follow the gripping story of teenager Victor Odhiambo and his colleagues who are today marking their fifth day still trapped in Abimbo mines in Bondo, rescuers have continued to give hope to friends and family by sharing bits and pieces of communication that the besieged young men have been able to shout from below.

According to one of the men leading the rescue operation, the trapped men assured them of the relative stability of their condition, and specifically asked the rescuers to lower them three things; a flashlight, glucose and water.

While obviously the flashlight is mostly for operational purposes as the men are engulfed in darkness, the glucose will serve to replenish their energy considering the fatigue they are likely to have undergone, and the water is to check against possible dehydration as risk of this becomes more and more possible with the passing days.

Victor Odhiambo, a third born son, had visited his aunt in Abimbo and was about to explore the activity when he became a victim.

“He was learning how to mine and was among those who had been digging 300 metres below the ground,” he said, adding the government should put safety measures on mining sites, including barring teenagers from getting involved.

“The older men at the mining site should be sending the young untrained boys away when they come here, they know nothing about mining and are unaware of the survival techniques.”
Bondo sub-county police commander Benedict Mwangangi said the gold mine collapsed at 11 am on Thursday.

“We are suspecting that some of the men still trapped may still be alive, they have been communicating with their colleagues just the way they always do while at work,” said Mr Mwangangi.

Two rescued men had minor injuries and were rushed to Bondo Sub-County Hospital. They have been discharged.

Siaya Deputy Governor James Okumbe said the county government had been working closely with the Red Cross and other rescue teams since Thursday evening. “We have two ambulances on the ground. We also donated an excavator, fire engine, fuel and snacks to ensure the rescue team remains on-site.”

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