One of Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) intake attendants at Nkula Power Station drowned in Nkula A pond in the course of duty on Saturday, Escom officials have confirmed.
However, Escom could not disclose any details of the deceased for fear that communications to distant relations may not have been done yet.
On Saturday, the country’s sole power utility provider announced an emergency load shedding to carry out a search and recovery exercise of the deceased’s body at the pond.
“The load shedding is due to lowering down of the ponds at our Nkula Power Station in order to conduct a search and recovery exercise of the body of our member of staff who has drowned in the pond at around 9 o’clock this morning. The search is still underway,” reads the Saturday post on Facebook.
Confirming the incident in a telephone interview yesterday, Escom public relations manager Kitty Chingota said the body was recovered yesterday morning and the corporation was working towards funeral arrangements.
“The deceased was one of our intake attendants at Nkula Power Station. He drowned yesterday morning and the body has been recovered today morning. We know it was an accident but we sincerely regret it. We also console the bereaved family for their loss,” she said.