12 Mar 2017 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 12 MAR (NAMPA) - Seven people drowned in just three days this month, six of them under the age of 10.
The police attributed some of the drownings to flooding after heavy rains received in especially northern Namibia.
Warrant Officer Lazarus Immanuel, spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), said at the weekly crime briefing here on Sunday this figure is alarming.
Immanuel said in total, eight people drowned in the first week of March.
The youngest was a 10-month-old baby, Iyangano Lukiwa from Rukara village in the Ndiyona Constituency.
The baby fell into a bucket of water while his parents were busy working in their mahangu field.
At Iishanaputa village in the Onesi Constituency, a boy of nearly two years old drowned in water at his familys threshing area.
He has been identified as Paulus Dankie Cloete from the same village.
Immanuel also reported the drowning of the 43-year-old Hishivimbwa Joseph Ndeshifila in the Outapi constituency.
He reportedly drowned in a pan just a few metres from his house.
Immanuel said the details around Ndeshifilas death are not yet clear, but police investigations are ongoing.
In Oshakati, a nine-year-old boy drowned near the Okandjengedi Bridge on Tuesday.
He had apparently been swimming with friends when he jumped into the water and drowned.
His body was retrieved by the police the following day.
The next of kin in all cases have been notified and police investigations continue.
NamPol urged caution and said people should take extra care when crossing flooded areas.
Parents have also been advised to keep a close eye on their children and to prevent them from playing near water.