Death toll in the Easter Sunday Rumphi Boat Tragedy has officially risen to six following the discovery of a body one of the victims early Friday, whom Rumphi Police confirmed was missing.
Rumphi Police Officer-In-Charge, Denis Banda said the body which was in serious state of decomposition was discovered by some Fishermen 100 metres away from the spot where the boat capsized.
“The body of the victim was discovered in the area 100 metres away from where the boat sunk. It was discovered by some of the fishermen who had at the time been on the Lake.
“What happened was that the body was stuck in one of the nets they had earlier cast. When they took a closer look at what was trapped in the net they discovered that it was a body of one of the boat accident victims,” he explained.
Banda identified the remains as that of Irant Mhango from Mazinga Village in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Mwamlowe in the district.
“However, the body was in serious bad state as such it was immediately buried at his home village Mazinga in the area of Traditional Authority Mwamlowe,” he added.
Banda said there is high expectation that more bodies of the victims who are missing and feared dead will start floating with the passage of time.
Meanwhile Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) has disclosed that search for remains of other victims who perished in the accident will continue for the period of 21 days.