Crocodile attacks, kills woman in Harare suburb

2018-03-23 10:07
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Harare - A woman has been attacked and killed by a crocodile in Harare's Budiriro suburb, and national parks officials are warning people not to cross rivers as the reptiles have become more active and are showing up in unexpected places, the state-owned Herald newspaper has said.

Tsitsi Jambaya was killed by the crocodile on Wednesday morning as she tried to cross a river in Budiriro, south-western Harare, to fetch firewood, a Zimbabwe state parks authority spokesperson Tinashe Farawo was quoted as saying.

"She was accompanied by her neighbour, who later notified residents and the next of kin about the incident," Farawo said. 

Crocodile attacks in Harare are rare but after recent heavy rains tributaries to the nearby Lake Chivero are reported to be in full flow, allowing crocodiles to move into areas where they are not usually seen.

Farawo said parks rangers had been deployed to hunt down the crocodile that killed Jambaya.

Several attacks reported

"We have been receiving several reports on crocodile attacks therefore we urge all the people in communities, especially where there are water bodies, to desist from crossing rivers," he added.

The tragedy in Budiriro came in the same week as residents in the western coal-mining town of Hwange found an angry three metre-long crocodile outside the main entrance of the town’s hospital.

The crocodile was charging at residents and parks rangers eventually had to shoot it. The appearance of the crocodile in the middle of the town took many by surprise as the hospital is 10km away from the nearest dam.

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