Woman, 48, drowns in Western Equatoria State

Woman, 48, drowns in Western Equatoria State
A picture showing a boat capsizing in River Nile. [Photo: Courtesy]

A 48-year-old woman from Western Equatoria State’s Amadi village drowned over the weekend.

The woman reportedly slipped into the running stream when she went to fetch water after heavy rain.

“The woman walked to a nearby river to fetch water… but sadly, because of flooding that caused the stream to overflow, she was washed into the water and died,” John Sylivestor, press secretary at the office of Mundri West commissioner, told The City Review.

Mr. Sylivestor said that no one was present to save her. Her body was later retrieved.

The 48-year-old woman left behind three children.

“Losing such a woman in such circumstances is particularly difficult for the community, and the flooding issue in the area needs urgent attention from the humanitarian and national governments,” he continued.

The county has seen serious flooding as a result of heavy rains.

He said fears are mounting because most people are wary of displacement if the rains continue. According to the most recent assessment, the flooding that is currently plaguing greater Mundri has affected up to 40,000 people, and if the region continues to experience severe rain and flash flooding, that figure might double.