Tuesday June 24 2014

Three drown in R. Nile

By Online Reporter

Three residents of Marindi Central Village in Pachara Sub-county, Adjumani District, drowned in River Nile when their boat capsized at the weekend.
The police identified the dead as Richard Iceta, Patrick Alumai and Bilali Obulejo. Two unidentified persons survived the accident. The five people on the boat were travelling from Onihwe landing site in Ciforo to Itula Sub-county in Moyo District. Pachara Sub-county chairperson Gabriel Amech said the boat capsized due to the strong wind.
“Due to the strong winds and water waves, the engine stopped working, consequently making the boat to capsize since it had lost balance on the water,” said Mr Amech.
This is the fourth boat accident to be reported in just less than six months. In March this year, over 100 Congolese refugees died after their reportedly overloaded boat capsized in Lake Albert and in May, five local artists were also reported dead after their boat capsized in Lake Victoria in Namayingo District on their way from a music show in Sigulu Island. Early this month, another boat carrying over 40 passengers was reported to have capsized in Lake Victoria- Mukono district and only 17 people survived.