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Lamwo Woman Buried Alive on Women's Day

The Padibe East Sub County LC III Chairperson, Polycap Odoch, says that the deceased was mining sand when she was buried alive inside a pit. She was working together with other women who were also mining sand in different locations.

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A forty-year-old woman was buried alive on International Women's day while excavating a tunnel on the banks of Ogako stream in Padibe East Sub County in Lamwo district. The deceased has been identified as Margret Aloyo, a resident of Ogako North village in Wangtit parish. 

The Padibe East Sub County LC III Chairperson, Polycap Odoch, says that the deceased was mining sand when she was buried alive inside a pit. She was working together with other women who were also mining sand in different locations. 

According to Odoch, residents learnt about the deceased's death when her children delivered lunch and found her buried under the heap of sand and alerted other residents.  Odoch says residents spent the better part of Tuesday on a rescue mission but by the time they managed to dig Aloyo out, she had already died. 

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//Cue in: "mego ni....

Cue out: ....tye i Ogako,"// 

They later handed over the body to police that conducted the postmortem and entered a case of accidental death at Padibe Police Station.  Sub County authorities, the police and environment Committees have now convened a meeting to orient the sand miners on the necessary precautionary measures to avoid similar disasters.