Four children Friday, May 22 drowned in a small body of water known as “Gatoki” in Kanserege Village, Kibare Cell, Gahengeri Sector in Rwamagana District.
The incident took place around 5:00pm when on their way to fetch water as they went to draw water from "Gatoki".
"They were going to draw water but saw a canoe that belongs to fishermen who were not around and tried to ride it, however, it flipped over and capsized and they all drowned," said Augustin Muhinda, the acting Executive Secretary of Gahengeri Sector.
The fifth child they were with was the one who went to seek help from people and local security officials, who recovered the four bodies at around 6:00pm.
Police in Eastern Province indicate that last year 101 people in the province drowned, the majority of them aged under 18.