Hardap Governor launches water safety campaign
MARIENTAL, 14 MAR (NAMPA) – Hardap Governor Esme Isaack on Monday launched the !Űisen i !űigu (Look after yourself, take care of each other) safety campaign, which aims to prevent drowning during the rainy season.
The campaign specifically targets children, teaching them to be cautious especially around the Fish River.
Isaack said although people are happy with all the rain the country is receiving, precautions should be taken to avoid people drowning.
“Today I stand in front of you with mixed feelings. Mixed feelings because the long awaited rains we prayed and hoped for have finally come. However, the rain also brought pain and sorrow into our communities,” she said.
Isaack however said sometimes ignorance and recklessness play a role in such incidents.
“We as leaders cannot sit idle, it is our duty and responsibility to educate our public wherever we observe hazards,” she said.
Five people have drowned in the Hardap Region since the start of the rainy season.
Isaack said this calls for collective effort from all inhabitants of the region.
“At present Hardap tops the rankings when it comes to drowning and this has prompted me to take immediate action to prevent further loss of lives. This is how the ‘!Űisen i !űigu’ safety campaign came to life,” she said.
Isaack urged all residents to support the intervention and stay away from riverbanks.
On his part, Deputy Commissioner Johannes #Gaeseb said the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) branch in Mariental will do everything it can to help save lives.
“Our officers will patrol the rivers to ensure that people do not take chances,” #Gaeseb said.
Since the start of the rainy season, the sluices of the Hardap Dam have been opened three times to keep the water levels at 70 per cent.
At the end of the event, candles were lit in remembrance of those who drowned.