Five Malawians have died, while 13 others sustained various injuries after the vehicle they were travelling in was involved in road accident in the early hours yesterday near Villa town in Mozambique.
According to Dedza district commissioner (DC) Emmanuel Bulukutu, the 18 were travelling on a 32-seater minibus en route to South Africa.
He said following the accident, Dedza District health personnel rushed to the scene to ferry the casualties to Dedza District Hospital where five were confirmed dead while 13 are receiving medical treatment.
Said Bulukutu: “Out of the 13 injured, five are in a critical condition. They are all admitted to Dedza District Hospital.”
The accident came barely two days after six other people died in another road accident in the early hours of Friday along Chowe Hills in Mangochi.
According to Mangochi Police Station spokesperson Amina Daudi, the accident took place when a Toyota Hino lorry registration NB 9698 travelling to Mangochi Boma from Katuli and loaded with bags of maize and 12 passengers on board overturned.
She said as the vehicle overturned when it was descending Chowe Hills and the driver lost control of the vehicle.
Said Daudi: “Following the impact, the six passengers sustained severe head injuries and were pronounced dead on arrival at Mangochi District Hospital. Three others also sustained various minor injuries
but are in stable condition.”
In another road accident an unidentified pedal cyclist died on Saturday after being hit by a lorry at Chimbale CCAP along Mtandire earth road in Lilongwe.
Lingadzi Pol ice Station spokesperson Salomy Zgambo said the accident occurred around 9:30am.
Last month, 21 people comprising 18 women and three children died in a road accident that happened between Mlanda and Lizulu trading centres along the Dedza-Ntcheu stretch of the M1.
The women were travelling back to Chikwawa District after an exchange visit with a fellow women’s group at Chindoole Village within the Mlanda area in Ntcheu