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Police: Two drown over 3 days

Serafina Silaitoga
Wednesday, January 08, 2014

WITHIN a span of three days, the Northern Division has recorded the nation's first two drowning cases. The second case involved a two-year-old girl whose body was found floating in Nakama River on Monday afternoon. And police have again urged parents to be responsible.

Nazhefa Siddiqa Bi had just moved into her new home on Sunday in Nakama, outside Labasa Town with her family. Her dad Mohammed Khalam said he didn't see his daughter dip into the river.

"I didn't know that she had gone into the river. She quietly slipped away from the group of children that were playing by the river-side," he said.

"When I looked around for her, I couldn't find her and I started searching the area. There were about three families spending the day in the river and we all searched for her. We finally found her and I just couldn't stop crying. We will miss her very much. She is the third of my four children. I was playing games with my children by the river-side and only my wife was swimming. I didn't see my daughter walk away from me."

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said police had continuously urged parents to keep a close watch on children. The drowning toll now stands at two compared with nil for the same period last year.