Maypen Residents Call for Cleaning of Drains Following Death of 6-year-old, Who was Swept Away by Flood Waters

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Jamaica Crime News, Clarendon: Residents in the May Pen Clarendon say they are now calling on the government representatives and the May Pen Municipal Corporation, to address the cleaning of drains, gullies and other water tables in the area.

The residents say, their calls have arisen from the recent tragedy, where 6-year-old Dajahne Pennant of Oliver Gardens in May Pen, Clarendon, lost his life by drowning, after he was swept away by flood water while coming from school on Monday, October 1.

The concerned residents also stated that if the drainage was properly cleaned and flood water properly channeled, this tragedy would not have occurred.

Reports by the May Pen Police are that about 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Dajahne and his 13-year-old female cousin,  were returning home from school during heavy rainfall.

On reaching a section of the area which was flooded, both children attempted to cross the flooded channel and were swept away.

The 13-year-old girl managed to drag herself from the water and attempted to do same for her cousin, but he got swept away.

An alarm was raised and residents in the community rushed to the location in a bid to save the 6-year-old.

Sometime later, his  body was fished from the flood waters.  He was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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