Africa1 Dead, 23 Missing As Boat Collides With Hippopotamus

1 Dead, 23 Missing As Boat Collides With Hippopotamus


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MALAWI – After a boat collided with a hippopotamus on a river in southern Malawi, a baby has died and twenty-three (23) others are missing, local police said on Tuesday.

1 Dead, 23 Missing As Boat Collides With Hippopotamus
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As per what AFP learnt through Nsanje district police spokeswoman Agnes Zalakoma, the canoe was carrying 37 people across the Shire River when it capsized on Monday morning.

Thirteen people were rescued from the raging waters by locals, and 23 remained missing on Tuesday, she added.


Rescuers also found the lifeless body of a one-year-old baby who drowned in the wreck, she said, adding that the search for the missing was continuing.

The Shire River is the largest river in Malawi, with a length of 402 km. It is the only outlet of Lake Malawi and flows into the Zambezi River in Mozambique.

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Boat accidents are common in this country where the lack of regular river transport leads many people to cross lakes and rivers on boats that are sometimes in poor condition, due to the lack of regulations in this sector.

It would recalled that last month, at least five people died when an overcrowded boat sank in the central district of Mchinji.

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