Angolan national drowns near Epalela

09 Feb 2016 08:30am
EPALELA, 09 FEB (NAMPA) – A 40-year-old woman reportedly drowned while trying to cross a flooded area near Epalela settlement in the Omusati Region last week.
Police identified the deceased as Mukaijindu Fatima Thomas, who is an Angolan national.
Warrant Officer Lineekela Shikongo of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Public Relations Unit in the region told Nampa on Monday the woman allegedly drowned in an earth dam at the Onesi Constituency’s Amangolowani village.
She drowned between Tuesday and Wednesday.
“Further information received by this office is that the body of deceased was discovered by a community member who was passing by at about 08h00 on Wednesday,” said Shikongo.
According to him, the next of kin of the deceased were informed and the corpse has been taken to the police mortuary at Okahao for a post-mortem.
The incident follows flooding in the Epalela area as a result of heavy rains experienced in the Onesi and Ruacana constituencies, which resulted in the overflowing of the local NamWater canal.
Omusati Regional Governor, Erginus Endjala confirmed to this news agency that the regional Disaster Risks Management (DRM) team has been on the ground since Monday to render necessary governmental assistances.
Endjala said the DRM team has taken relief food to the flooded area to feed affected households, as well as camping tents to accommodate those displaced as a result of the flooding.
The flooding is said to have displaced some 15 households in the affected areas.