Five children have died after falling into a 20-foot septic tank in Ruiru, Kiambu County.

The incident occurred on New Year’s eve with children being drawn from different families within the area.

Reports indicate that the children aged between three and seven were playing within a compound of an abandoned construction site when a shrub caved in.

The incident has been confirmed by Ruiru Police boss Phineas Ringera. 

“They were playing on top of an abandoned shrub within an abandoned construction of a site. The weak shrub caved in when they were playing and inside there was water so they drowned," said Ringera.

It was a somber mood in the village as news of the deaths spread Thursday night. The bodies were moved to a local mortuary.

Police said they are investigating the incident for possible action on the owners of the building.