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Two People Drown in Madi Okollo District :: Uganda Radionetwork

Two People Drown in Madi Okollo District

Bako drowned while attempting to recover her jerrycan that had slid into the stream.

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Two people have drowned in Oyu Stream, a tributary to the River Nile in Madi Okollo district. 

One of the victims has been identified as Kubra Bako, a P.4 pupil of Ajagoro Primary School in Rhino Camp Town Council and a yet-to-be-identified man from Rigbo sub county all in Madi Okollo district.

According to residents, the incident happened at around 6:00 pm on Monday in Katanga Cell, Eramva Ward in Rhino Camp Town Council when Bako had gone to fetch water at the stream.

Preliminary reports indicate that Bako drowned while attempting to recover her jerrycan that had fallen into the stream as she fetched water, while, the unidentified man who was on his way to Rigbo sub-county from Rhino Camp Town council drowned while attempting to rescue Bako.

Gloria Driciru, a teacher at Ajagoro Primary School says that Bako attended school and left for home at around 4: 00 p.m. Driciru further notes that the body of the pupil was discovered at around 9:00 p.m.

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Philliam Alionzi, the OC CID for Rhino Camp Police Post explains that they are yet to visit the scene since the matter was reported late to police.

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According to Shiraji Ondoga, the councilor for Rhino Camp Town Council, the search for the body of the unidentified man is still underway. He instead cautioned parents to desist from sending their children unaccompanied to fetch water or bathe in the streams, noting that it exposes them to drowning.

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Currently, several parts of the West Nile Region are experiencing heavy rains which has led to flooding of some streams and destroyed crops and road infrastructure.

The latest incident brings to three the number of people who have drowned in water in Madi Okollo district over the past one and a half months.

In September, Gerald Aliti, a resident of Ewanani village, Gbulukuatuni Parish in Rhino camp sub county drowned on Monday while on a fishing expedition in Acha stream, another tributary to River Nile in Madi Okollo district.

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