Canoe Accident Claims Four Lives in Apac District

canoe accident claims four lives in apac district
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A canoe accident in Apac district, Northern Uganda, has claimed the lives of four individuals, with three others surviving the ordeal. The victims were crossing from Arocha swamp to Ibuje sub-county when the incident occurred on December 5, around 5:00 pm. The deceased have been identified as Emmanuel Ongora (1), Jackline Acio (8), Asante Odongo (12), and Patrick Ebong (24). Survivors include Winnie Anyango (22), Isaac Oula (3), and Walter Ogwal, the canoe operator.

According to George Abudul, the Apac Resident District Commissioner, the group chose to use a canoe due to a flooded road connecting the two villages. However, he noted that the operator and other individuals were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. The bodies of the deceased have been recovered by community members and handed over to relatives for burial.

The district secretary for health and education, Sam Opira, attributed the accident to a damaged road linking the area to Ibuje, making it impassable. He emphasized the importance of carefully planning routes, especially during adverse weather conditions, to avoid accidents and fatalities. Residents are urged to exercise caution when faced with flooded areas and to prioritize safety over convenience.

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