At least four people, including a six-month old baby, are feared dead after they drowned in the Shire River in the southernmost border district of Nsanje, in Malawi, when the dug-out canoe they were travelling in capsized after colliding with a crocodile.
“The boat was carrying eleven people to their gardens across the border (in Mozambique) when the accident happened,” said Nsanje Police Officer-in-Charge, Assistant Commissioner Sekani Tembo.
Tembo said many families along the border have farms across and mainly use boats and dug-out canoes to cross the crocodile-infested Shire into Mozambique. He said police are still looking for the bodies.
“We haven’t recovered any body yet,” she said.
Shire is Malawi largest and longest river. It starts from Lake Malawi, Africa’s third largest fresh water lakes, and pours its waters into the Zambezi in Mozambique.
Incidents of crocodile attacks are not rare along the Shire but the large reptiles rarely collide with vehicular traffic plying along the river.