12 Oct 2014 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 12 OCT (NAMPA) A minor boy and girl died in the North on Friday after the room they were in caught fire.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Sergeant Slogan Matheus told a media briefing here on Sunday afternoon that the two children died at about 14h00 at the Onyaluwali village of the Anamulenge Constituency in the Omusati Region.
They have been identified as Aili Ndapewa-Omagano Kashikuka, 3, and two-year-old Jerobean Sunday Ileka.
A third child, Rachel Pueyaupe Shinana, 4, survived the fire, and is now receiving treatment at the Oshakati State Hospital. She is reportedly mentally-challenged.
It is alleged that the three children who were staying with their grandmother, 78, in the same house, locked themselves inside their sleeping room shortly after she left the room early Friday morning.
The room later caught fire, suspected to have been started by the children.
The deceased children's next of kin have already been informed, and police investigations continue to establish the exact circumstances which led to fire outbreak and loss of lives.
In a separate incident, a six-year-old boy died on Friday afternoon at about 12h46 at the Oshitutuma village in the Omusati Region, after he allegedly drowned in the water canal at that village.
It is reported that the deceased child, who was in the company of a five-year-old girl at the time, allegedly slipped into the water canal while trying to drink water from the canal.
The deceased boy was identified as Cabby Lichah.
A similar incident of drowning also took place at the Okahongo village in the Ogongo Constituency of the Omusati Region on Friday afternoon at about 16h40.
It is reported that an Angolan national who was employed by a Namibian family as a domestic worker at the village, died after he allegedly drowned in an earth dam.
The deceased was swimming with friends from the same village.
His body is now being kept at the Police Mortuary at the Okahao Police Station while the Namibian authority is in the process of informing their Angolan counterparts about his death.