RNP urges precautionary measures against drowning

Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera, RNP spokesperson.

Rwanda National Police (RNP) has called upon the general public, especially those living near lakes, rivers, dams, wells, streams and ponds to exercise precautionary measures against drowning.

They were also urged to use safer routes especially in this rainy season rather than taking risky shortcuts passing through wells and streams, which are flooded due to heavy downpour.

On Thursday, a 12-year old boy identified as Samuel Ahishakiye drowned in Umuvumba river in Nyagatare District while swimming. Laurent Nkuriza, 60, also drowned in Busogwe valley in Nyanza District due to drunkenness while Eduard Hakizimana drowned trying to cross a water stream between Rushashi and Gashenyi in Gakenke District

Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera, RNP spokesperson called upon the public to take extra caution and safer decisions.

“We are in the rainy season and it has caused rivers, wells and streams to flood. It would be ill-advisable to go swimming especially children or to pass through these streams, well, rivers and lakes under such weather conditions.

It is also suicide to go in the waters when you are drunk. We urge parents and communities living near these water bodies to monitor children especially in these holidays, who play in these waters when they are sent to fetch water and firewood.”

Spokesperson added that, water incidents are different; you will not lose a leg or an arm like road accidents either you survive with no injuries or die but higher chances are that you will die.

He also reminded those using boats to always wear life jackets for safety purposes, and not to force their way through heavy rains and strong wind, which can easily wash away the boat.

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