Drowning incidents on the rise in Mash Central

By Tapiwa Machemedze
Cases of drowning are on the increase in Mashonaland Central Province with seven incidents having been recorded over the past few days.
On February 7, a 34-year-old woman was swept away in Rushinga while crossing the flooded Ruya River with her husband, while three juveniles herding cattle drowned at Dunaverty farm in Bindura on the same day.
Another tragic case of three people drowning was recorded at Iron Duke in Mazowe on January 31.
The latest developments have spurred the police into action with awareness campaigns for people to avoid crossing flooded rivers, said officer Milton Mundembe Mashonaland Central Provincial Police Spokesperson.
“We have noted with great concern that there have been many drowning incidents this rainy season. Only this past week we recorded 4 drowning cases so we’ve been going around alerting people to the dangers of crossing flooded rivers. We also took the opportunity to tell people to exercise COIV-19 regulations during the lockdown period.”
It has emerged that some of the cases are a result of the tendency of making a quick buck with some individuals becoming notorious for misguided bravery of assisting stranded people cross flooded rivers.

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