Cinta Township in Margibi County records 12 deaths as a result of drowning in the past two years, according to Police statistics.The statistics, which is very scaring and alarming, details these incidents occurred from March 2017 to December 2018.
The Inspector of the Weala Police Detail Francis Y. Kelemue, explains to the New Dawn in an interview in Weala, “Since I came in the past two years, we have had twelve cases of drowning, running between March 2017 and December 2018. We had twelve cases of drowning incidents, let just say around Cinta area, not specifically Weala and majority of them are men mainly ten; you got 10 of them who are men and the two are females. Amongst the total number, the first 10 are also all adults, two of them are children and among the two, one is a girl less than two years or maybe two years and the most recent boy is a year and some months old.”
This means within a period of one year and nine months, twelve persons lost their lives thru drowning with a frequency of one death in every month and a half or every six weeks.Meanwhile, the recent drowning cases include a 23 years old man from the Methodist Community in Weala, Margibi County, who drowned in the Borlor River while enroute to implement a contract along with some friends.
The deceased, Watee Kiamu, drowned on Thursday, November 8, 2018. He was popularly known as IT.Friends of Watee explained that he drowned while crossing the river after four of his colleagues had crossed the river by swimming.
In December 2018, a year-old boy fell into a well after his guardians left him alone.Police Inspector Kelemue notes that some of the causes for the wave of drowning in the area, according to police investigation are as the result of negligence, drunkenness and the fact that Weala surrounded by water.
He says most of the incidents happened during weekends, specifically on Saturdays. According to him, the police have always cautioned residents, particularly families and friends of victims to be careful when crossing the river.
By Ramsey N. Singbeh, Jr. in Margibi–Editing by Jonathan Browne