Police in Kasungu have urged parents and guardians to closely supervise movements of their little children and not allow them to go near water bodies to swim alone as one way of reducing drowning cases.

The call comes following two incidents of drowning involving a 10 year old boy and a 13 year old girl who have drowned in Loti dam and Lisasadzi river respectively.

The deceased have been identified as Armstrong Kalinde and Aida Banda.

The boy with his 12 year old brother went to the dam in question to swim. After swimming, they started off home but just after they had walked few meters, the boy (now deceased) changed his mind of going back home and asked his brother to return to the dam to continue swimming.

On this second swimming session, it is alleged that, immediately the boy jumped in the water he got drowned and his brother could not do anything to rescue him.

In the second incident, Aida Banda with her friends went to Lisasadzi river to swim. Upon entering into the river, she also got drowned.

Postmortem results in both cases have shown that deaths occurred due to suffocation.

Armstrong Kalinde hailed from Traditional Authority Mawawa while Aida Banda hailed from Goliat village, Traditional Authority Kaomba in Kasungu district.

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