The recent torrential rains experienced across much of the country led to the death of a Sebina man at the weekend.
The 48-year-old drowned after being swept away by the fast-flowing Bakirikela stream at the border village of Zwenshambe in the northeastern part of Botswana.
The deceased, whose name is being withheld by the authorities as his next of kin are yet to be notified of his death, was eventually pulled out of the stream by police officers late Sunday afternoon.
Confirming the incident, Superintendent Gaolathe Ngayaya of Masunga Police Station said the drowning is believed to have taken place in the early hours of Sunday morning when the victim and his two friends were returning home ‘from entertainment’.
According to Ngayaya, preliminary police investigations have established that the three men decided to take a chance and cross the fast-flowing stream.
“They decided to hold each other’s hands in order to cross the stream. However, they were overpowered by the fast-flowing water, resulting in the deceased being swept away in the process,” she explained.
Ngayaya told The Voice that while the other two managed to hold on to trees and negotiated their way to safer areas, the deceased was overcome by the raging water. He was carried away for about a kilometre before his already lifeless body was stopped by a log.
When asked if the deceased was drunk since they were from entertainment, Ngayaya could not confirm or deny but revealed that he had been visiting his sister in Zwenshambe and no foul play is suspected.
Meanwhile, Zwenshambe ward councillor, Elliot Jonathan confirmed the incident and pleaded with the village’s residents to desist from crossing overflowing and fast-flowing streams.
Jonathan, who has been advocating for a bridge to be constructed since 2016, went on to say, “Parents have been urged to accompany their children to and from school to avoid incidents of drowning in the area. The police are doing everything they can to help the situation but it needs the help of the residents.”