The Malawi Police in Mangochi has expressed worrisome over increased incidents of child drowning due to reluctant of parents in safeguarding the children.
This comes following a death of a 2-Year-old boy Ashraf Mussa after drowned in Damalangano stream in the district.
According to deputy police spokesperson sergeant Amina Daudi the boy drowned on 28 January , 2019 around 10:30am at Kasanga village in the area of traditional authority Chowe in Mangochi.
She has described this as a sad development were statistics show that it is the 2nd incident of drowning to happen in the district this year alone and three minors have already lost their lives.
It is reported that, the deceased’s parents picked a quarrel over domestic issues earlier that day.
This resulted into a terrible fight between the two and prompted the mother to ran away from the matrimonial home leaving her two children(deceased and 6-year old girl) behind.
The children started loitering around in search of their mother and ended up being washed away as they were trying to cross the said stream which is half a kilometer from their home.
Well-wishers rushed to the waters to rescue them but unfortunately the little one was already dead.
The deceased’s sister(6) was taken to Mangochi District hospital and treated as an out-patient.
Matter was reported at Mangochi Police Station who visited the scene of incident and postmortem conducted at the same hospital revealed that death was due to suffocation.
Daud therefore appealed to parents and guardian to desist from leaving their children unattended as children of such age needs parental care and close suppervision for such similar reoccurrence to be avoided.
Ashraf Mussa hailed from Mtakataka2 village, Traditional Authority (T.A) Chowe in Mangochi.