Girl, 11, drowns in Bugubelle dam at Tumu

An eleven-year-old class four pupil of the Bugubelle Basic School, Miss Rafatu Bayi was drowned after she went to wash her clothes at the Bugubelle dam on Tuesday.

According to an eyewitness, Bayi went to the dam in the company of her friends to wash their clothes when the incident occurred in the Bugubelle dam in the Sissala East Municipality.

One of the survivors said after washing their clothes and were waiting for the clothes to dry, the deceased and her friends attempted sailing with a broken down canoe that had been abandoned at the dam site.

According to the witness, when they got on board the canoe, little did they know that it had holes in it and as they began to sail, it started collecting water, and those who knew how to swim jumped out leaving Bayi to her fate.

A search team from the community searched in vain for her until the next day, March 23, 2021, when her body was found floating at the banks of the dam.

She has since been buried according to Islamic tradition.

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