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Drowning cases increase


POLICE in Matabeleland South province have retrieved the body of an unidentified man believed to have drowned while crossing the flooded Sanzukwi River in Plumtree on Monday.


Provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Philisani Ndebele, yesterday said the body was taken to the Plumtree Hospital mortuary.

“We are appealing to the public to come and identify the body of a male adult, who drowned at Sanzukwi River at Mayobodo, Plumtree,” he said.

“The body was discovered by a man, who was looking for his donkeys. The deceased was wearing a skyblue shirt with no trousers, which we believe were swept away by water.

“We continue appealing to members of the public to stop crossing flooded rivers or any water bodies. This has now become a matter of concern as, in every two days, we now handle a case of drowning here in Matabeleland South.”

Two Zimbabweans reportedly drowned last week trying to cross the flooded Limpopo River near Beitbridge Border Post, while six other suspected border jumpers were rescued by the South African Police Service after being marooned on an island in the middle of the river.

Last week, a five-year-old girl from Madlambuzi in Mangwe district drowned while swimming and a six-year-old boy from Cala village in Filabusi died after he fell into a well.

Last month, an eight-year-old boy drowned while fishing with his 10-year-old brother in Nhomela River in Plumtree.

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