Crocodile kills ageing woman in Nkhotakota

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An elderly woman identified as Merenika Timothy has died on Monday after being attacked by a crocodile in Nkhotakota district.

Eye witnesses said Timothy was washing her clothes at Ngala fishing camp when a crocodile dragged her into Lake Malawi.

Nkhunga police station public relations officer Ignatius Esau Phiri said villagers mobilised an engine boat and went searching for the missing woman.

“Later, they retrieved her from the waters while already dead,” said Esau.

Postmortem conducted at Ngala Health Centre cited suffocation as the root cause of Timothy’s death.

She hailed from Damalekani village Traditional Authority Kachindamoto in Dedza district.

Recently, a teenage boy was also killed by a crocodile in Nkhotakota district.

Police have since reminded communities to be cautious especially in times of rainy seasons when lakes and rivers are infested with crocodiles.