Police recover body from river
17 February 2020 | Crime
The Oshana police this afternoon recovered the body of a man who drowned yesterday after jumping from a canoe that was crossing the Ekuma River at Okatyali in the Oshana Region.
The incident happened a few weeks after Oshana governor Elia Irimari and chief regional officer Martin Elago visited the area and donated 25 life jackets.
Irimari and his delegation visited Okatyali after receiving a report that floodwater had cut off some farmers from their farms. People cross the river in a canoe provided by the constituency office.
Irimari said at the time of his visit that they had come to assess the flood situation and decide on appropriate measures.
He said long-term solutions such as a bridge and a dam were needed.
“We came here to do an assessment for ourselves to find out what mitigation measures we can put in place. We need to come up with long-term plans so that we cannot just be spending money every time we come here. The ideal plan would be to construct a floating bridge and an earthen dam,” Irimari said.
“We also came to assess the canoe that is being used and we observed that it needs some repair while the crossing conditions are also unsafe. We therefore brought 25 life jackets to be used when people are crossing the river.”