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Young man dies while digging water well

Young man dies while digging water well

Staff Reporter

DROUGHT continues to rear its ugly head as Namibians continue to lose their lives whilst trying to dig for water in the arid regions of the country.

 

The latest victim to die while trying to dig a well for his family has been identified as 18-year-old Angula Nghiituma, who allegedly suffocated when the walls of the well he was digging caved in on him.

 

According to the Namibian police, the incident Occurred at Omuthiya on Saturday, 9 November, at about 09:00 at Iindongo Yakeelu village.

DESPERATE MEASURES: A man getting water from a well – Picture for illustrative purposes only. – Photo: Contributed

It is alleged that the deceased was re-digging a well together with his sister and neighbours when he was buried under falling soil.

 

The body was retrieved by members of the Police Reserve Force from Oshana Region.

 

While it has become a practice to dig water wells in many parts in the northern region as the ongoing drought goes from bad to worse, government has discouraged these practices due to the danger of sand walls caving in on people.

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