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Two children were on Thursday morning found dead in a rice farm on the Nasia-Walewale road in the North East Region.
The deceased, aged 15 and 6, met their untimely death during a fire outbreak that occurred close to their fathers’ rice farm at Nasia.
According to a resident, Bayansi Abdul Latif, there was a fire outbreak at a nearby bush, and that the father of the deceased children sent the kids to a safe place while efforts to douse the fire were ongoing.
The resident said, after a while, the kids’ father returned to where he had sent the children, but they were nowhere to be found.
The father returned home and informed residents about the incident, and a search team moved to the farm on Thursday morning and found the bodies of the deceased children burnt in the fire.
“Yesterday [Wednesday], there was a fire outbreak around the Walewale road, and we found that it had spread to their father’s rice farm. Their father put them under a tree while they were trying to quench the fire. When he came back, he couldn’t find the children. This was around 1:00 pm, so around 7:00 pm he returned to the house, and they announced the disappearance to the public. This [Thursday] morning they went back to the bush and around 8:00 am, and they found the two children dead,” said Bayansi Abdul Latif.