Elinati Mkaundu of Fuse Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Kalonga in Salima has died after the wall of the pit in which she was searching for granite stones fell on her.
Salima Police spokesperson Gift Chitowe confirmed the development, saying, on January 8, the deceased and her husband left for Sadzu Village in search for granite stones. They went straight into the pit and started searching for the stones.
“ All of a sudden the wall of the pit fell on them and the woman died on the spot while her husband was left with multiple bruises,” he said.
Chitowe said the deceased was taken to Salima District Hospital where post-mortem revealed death was due to suffocation.
Granite is a light-coloured igneous rock with grains large enough to be visible with the unaided eye. It forms from the slow crystallisation of magma below Earth’s surface. It is composed mainly of quartz and feldspar with minor amounts of mica, amphiboles and other minerals.
It is used to make home ornaments and kitchen and bar countertops. Granite countertops are both beautiful and durable, easy to clean, resistant to heat and scratches.