Four Children Drown in Pond

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Simon Ecodu, the father of the children identifies the deceased as Rachael Icodu, Eunice Achen, Vivian Atono and Samuel Ecodu, all below ten years of age.

Four children from the same family in Soroti district have drowned in a water pond. The incident occurred on Monday evening at Okume swamp in Agule village in Arapai parish in Arapai Sub County.

 
Simon Ecodu, the father of the children identifies the deceased as Rachael Icodu, Eunice Achen, Vivian Atono and Samuel Ecodu, all below ten years of age.

 
The children reportedly drowned while swimming in the water pond that was sunk by their uncle, Robert Elwangu, a brick maker. The elder members of the family had moved to Dakabela parish in Arapai Sub County for the burial of their late sister.
 
Emmanuel Ecabu, a relative to the bereaved family, says they received a phone call on their way from the burial about the incident.
 
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Michael Odongo, the East Kyoga Region Police spokesperson, says police retrieved the bodies from the hole on Monday evening and took them to Soroti municipality mortuary.
 
Odongo says they have opened investigations vide police file SD 1303/204/2018. By the time of filing this story, doctors at Soroti regional referral hospital were yet to examine the bodies.