Namibia: 400 Buffaloes Drown in Chobe River

COMMUNITY members from the Kavulavula village in the Mbalasinte area of the Zambezi region discovered about 400 buffalo carcasses in the Chobe River yesterday.

The Chobe River flows along the north-eastern border of the Chobe National Park, known for the large breeding herds of elephants, giraffe, sable and African buffalo.

The environment ministry's spokesperson, Romeo Muyunda, confirmed the drownings to The Namibian yesterday, and said the buffaloes could have drowned on Tuesday.

He added that the buffaloes could have been fleeing from predators.

"Unfortunately, during their attempt to escape and when they reached the Namibian side, the bank of the river was steep, so they could not climb out and ended up drowning. This is a regrettable incident as we lost so many wildlife - which is our heritage - at once," he noted.

Muyunda said they had alerted the Botswana wildlife authorities about the incident.

"After inspections, carcasses that are fit for human consumption will be given to the communities in the surrounding areas," he added.

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