Nkhotakota Police Station has expressed concern over increasing cases of drowning in the district.
The concern follows two separate incidents on Thursday in which two children aged two and 10 drowned.
According to the station’s deputy spokesperson Paul Malimwe, the first incident occurred at Manyamba Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mwadzama in the district when Sumaya Yusuf, 10, drowned in Lake Malawi where she had gone to swim.
“The second incident which took place at Kachuma Village in T/A Malengachanzi involved a two-year-old girl Finiles Foster who drowned in a well.
“The deceased was left at home with three other children. Suddenly, she went missing only to be found dead floating in the well which is few metres away from her parents’ house,” he said.
Malimwe said the police, accompanied by medical personnel, visited both scenes.
Post-mortem results confirmed that the deaths were due to suffocation secondary to drowning, according to police.
Nkhotakota Police Station has so far registered 17 cases of drowning from January to October this year compared to eight cases registered in the same period last year. n