Namibia: 27 People Drown in the North
Floods in Namibia
THE Police in the central North have reported that 27 people have drowned in dams, wells and oshanas so far this rainy season.
Many of them are children.
According to Chief Inspector Karl Theron, most of the cases have been reported in the Oshana and Omusati regions.
He said from November 28 last year to the past weekend, nine people drowned in Oshana and nine others in Omusati.
In Ohangwena seven people have drowned while Kunene recorded two drownings.
No drowning has been reported in the Oshikoto Region.
Theron said two children, Helena Vatuva (12) and Peter Mutumbulwa Junior (10) were among the fatalities.
Vatuva, who went to spent Christmas with her grandparents at Omungwelume, drowned in a well on Christmas Eve while Mutumbulwa, who was also with grandparents at Omusimboti, drowned in a dam at the village last Thursday.
Theron appealed to people in the North to be careful when they cross oshanas, or fetch water from wells and dams.
"The rain has just started and the flood is not here yet, but already 27 people have drowned and many are children. We have to be vigilant when it comes to water in the wells, dams and oshanas," Theron said.
Some parents have suggested that swimming classes be introduced at schools.
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