crocodile strikes, kills man in Songwe region

15Mar 2021
The Guardian
crocodile strikes, kills man in Songwe region

​​​​​​​A 28-year-old man Joseph Masunga of Tete village in Songwe District, Songwe Region has been killed by a crocodile after being attacked in flood  waters in the area, authorities said  yesterday. The man died soon after being admitted at the nearby hospital in the district.


The incident happened yesterday when the deceased was returning home, and as he was crossing the flood  waters he was attacked by the reptile, even though people around managed to set him free the deceased from the beast’s mouth.

Kayuni Emanuel, resident of Kanga Ward said they were now living in fear following flooding of Lake Rukwa the situation that has seen crocodiles and hippos invading human settlements.

He said the crocs from deep water swim to shallow waters along the main road, the situation that has been terrorising them.

Songwe District Executive Director Abraham Sambila said after the water from Lake Rukwa bust its banks into Mbalizi – Mkwajuni main road, residents of the area have been living in great fear.

He said the victim was attacked by a crocodile but people around tried to rescue him whilst in the beast’s mouth, but later died on his way to hospital.

He cautioned residents  in the area to be careful with the beasts which invade the villages following flooding of Lake Rukwa.

Sambila said flood waters had also affected people’s economic activities, apart from severing road communication in ten wards – Kanga Kanga, Mbuyuni, Galula, Ifenkenya, Totoe, Magamba, Chang'ombe, Manda, Namkukwe and Mpona.

Songwe Regional Police Commander George Kyando confirmed the death Joseph Masunga after being attacked by a crocodile, and called on the residents of the area to be careful   as they walk near flood  waters.

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