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2-Year-Old Boy Drowns in Aswa River

n his statement to the police, the deceased’s father, David Ayela, 25, says that he and his wife had gone to the garden at the time of the incident.
18 Nov 2021 10:01
The Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson David Ongom Mudong. Phot by Dominic Ochola
A two-year-old boy has drowned in Aswa river. The deceased is Desmond Kalokwera, a resident of Tochi village in Paminyai Sub-County in Nwoya District.  

He drowned around 11:30 am on Wednesday morning after and four other children left home to bathe and fetch water from the fast-flowing river. In his statement to the police, the deceased’s father, David Ayela, 25, says that he and his wife had gone to the garden at the time of the incident. 

Ayella says that his son reportedly stepped on a slippery surface of the river bank and slid into the rapidly flowing water. The Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson, David Ongom Mudong confirmed the incident saying Nwoya Police Station vide CRB 811/2021 has entered a case of drowning. 

“The Police visited the scene and retrieved the body from the water, relevant statements recorded from the reporter and other witnesses, community policing done at the scene, and the body handed over to the relatives for burial,” Ongom said.

Cases of drowning in rivers such as River Unyama in Gulu, River Ayugi in Nwoya, River Ajan in Pader, River Pager in Kitgum and River Tochi in Omoro Districts have been on the rise in the recent past. Police have recorded at least 10 cases of drowning resulting from the torrential rains that have been battering the area since April 2021.

The 2020 annual police report indicates that up to 138 cases of drowning were reported across the country with the majority of cases reported on Lake Victoria, followed by Albert, Kyoga, Edward, George, and Kazinga channel. 

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