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Parents Lament Sons’ Deaths

The parents of two people who drowned in Labasa last week are still reeling from shock. Kailash Kumar, 14, and Shivneel Kumar, 22, of Batinikama, Labasa, died last Friday while
24 Nov 2014 10:06
Parents Lament Sons’ Deaths
Grieving... Geta Mani, the mother of Kailash Kumar, 14, with sister Komal. Photo: Siliva Cawaru

The parents of two people who drowned in Labasa last week are still reeling from shock.

Kailash Kumar, 14, and Shivneel Kumar, 22, of Batinikama, Labasa, died last Friday while swimming in the Namoli River.

It is believed that they were swept away by strong currents after washing a tarpaulin that was used during the funeral of Shivneel’s sister who died last month.

The incident happened at about 1-2pm when Shivneel tried to save Kailash from being swept away by strong currents.

Fiji Sun gathered that Kailash did not know how to swim.

Assistance from Namoli villagers was sought to locate the pair.

Shivneel’s parents – Rajendra Kumar, 48, and Sunita Devi, 43 – are devastated because two of their children died within a month.

“I don’t know what to do or what to feel, but I hope God has a good reason for letting things happen the way it just did,” Mr Kumar said.

Kailash’s parents, Geta Mani and her husband, Yenteshwar, 39, have not accepted the death of their son.

“I really miss my brother and my family is trying hard to cope with his death,” sister Komal said.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Police Force is requesting members of the public to keep a close eye on children and be wary of their environment that could pose a safety threat.

The drowning toll stands at 37 compared to 39 for the same period last year.

Feedback: siliva.cawaru@fijisun.com.fj

 

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