Two die in Harare sewer accident

2016-02-25 19:36

Harare - Two council workers have died after being overcome by fumes and sewage while trying to unblock a pipe in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare.

The horrific incident occurred on Wednesday in the suburb of Msasa Park when the pair went into a seven-metre deep manhole, according to the Harare City Council.

The two have been named as Wilson Nyerukai, 43, and Mugove Musarira, 33.

Nyerukai went down the manhole to unblock a sewage line, "but was overwhelmed by the force of flowing unblocked wastewater and gas", said the council.

Tragically, Musarira went into the manhole to try to save his colleague, but also choked to death. 

Methane is a noxious gas often cited in sewer accidents.

It was not immediately clear if the pair had been provided with breathing apparatus.

Two men died in Harare in October last year when they were trapped in a "honeysucker", or faecal sludge truck. They had been emptying the truck into the Mukuvisi river. 

Police said then that they had likely been overcome by fumes.

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