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Two Refugees Drown in River Enyau

Police also say a pickup truck from Ofua refugee camp in Rhino camp is also said to have been swept off together with four people on board as it also tried to cross River Enyau on Monday to Omugo camp.

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Two South Sudanese refugees from Invepi and Omugo refugee settlement camps in Arua have drowned while attempting to cross River Enyau. The two were crossing from Omugo Six to Omugo main zone site when they met their death on Monday afternoon. 

Josephine Angucia, the West Nile Region Police Spokesperson identifies one of the deceased as Dada Ombatia.

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She told URN that Ombatia's body was handed over to his brother, Stephen Moro in Omugo six camp while a search is ongoing for the remaining body. In a related incident, a Mercedes Benz truck registration number UAY 481Y belonging to Blue Pearl company was also swept by flooding while returning from the camps where it had delivered food.  

The truck reportedly got stuck at River Enyau after offloading the food items. According to police, the head of the truck and its chassis were found two kilometers down the river, while the body of the vehicle is yet to be found.

Police also say a pickup truck from Ofua refugee camp in Rhino camp is also said to have been swept off together with four people on board as it also tried to cross River Enyau on Monday to Omugo camp.

This incident, according to police was reported by some onlookers and a search has started for the pickup truck. This brings to seven, the number of people who have drowned in River Enyau within three days.

On Monday, police retrieved the body of young male adult who is said to have drowned in the river on Friday. The body was taken to Nebbi district for burial. West Nile has experienced heavy rains over the last five years, which has increased the volume of water in River Enyau and its tributaries leading to serious flooding.