River washes vehicle away; eight dead

31 Jan 2016 19:40pm
OPUWO, 31 JAN (NAMPA) – Eight people drowned when the car they were travelling in was washed away by a river in the Okanguati area Sunday morning.
Crime Coordinator of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Kunene Region, Commissioner Rudolf Kanyetu told Nampa on Sunday that six other people from the same car survived the accident.
The deceased include three children, including a nine-month-old baby, as well as five adults – three women and two men.
All bodies were recovered by late Sunday afternoon.
Kanyetu appealed to members of the public to come to the police mortuary to identify the bodies.
It is alleged that the driver overlooked precautionary measures and drove through the flowing Omwangete River.
In another incident, a pensioner burned beyond recognition in his house at Okoutjete village in the area of the Werda Gate checkpoint on Friday.
It is not known what caused the fire but it is suspected that the deceased slept with a lit candle, which could have caused the fire while he was asleep.