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243 Ugandans Drowned in Water in 2023

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At least 243 Ugandans drowned in lakes, rivers and other water bodies in the country in 2023, according to the latest police crime statistics.

Nearly 95 percent of the drowning victims were male adults.

According to police figures, 217 cases of drowning were male adults while 11 were female adults. Others are 12 male juveniles while three were female juveniles.

March saw the highest number of death in water bodies with 35 cases.

The deaths were majorly attributed to accidents in waters.

During the same period, 323 individuals including 265 male adults were rescued from water while under distress.

Police authorities also decried the inadequate manpower to meet maritime service demands as more Ugandans venture into water to do business.

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