A Gwanda taxi driver, Babongile Tlou (27) drowned in Tuli River in Manama after he slipped and fell into the water while taking a bath around 11 am.
The incident was confirmed to the Sunday News by Ward 17 Councillor Ephraim Nyathi who said that efforts to save the deceased were fruitless. Nyathi said:
Babongile arrived at the river at around 11am and parked his car close by. While he was bathing, he is reported to have slipped and fallen into the river. His younger brother who was also at the river tried to pull him out but failed.
He called out for assistance from some men who were fishing in the area and they rushed to assist. Unfortunately, by the time they pulled out Babongile’s body out of the water he was already dead.
It is not known whether the river was flooded or not. Babongile was buried on Thursday last week. Meanwhile, the Meteorological Services Department (MSD) has been urging members of the public not to attempt to cross flooded rivers.
The department also encouraged the citizenry to be more cautious during this rainy season as it is associated with many natural hazards including floods, hailstorm, lightning and storm which can uproot trees and damage properties.
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