A 16 year-old Malawian girl has died in Bangwe Township in Blantyre after being electrocuted, police say.
Southern Region Police Deputy Spokesperson Beatrice Mikuwa identified the girl as Loveness Chisale from Masala Village in the area of Traditional Authority Machinjiri in Blantyre.
According to Mikuwa, tragedy struck when the girl was trying to put her clothes on the washing line at her home.
Mikuwa said the clothes line had come into contact with electricity wire that passed by the girl’s house. When the girl touched the washing line she got electrocuted and died on the spot.
Police have since asked people to avoid putting their clothes lines near electricity wires. They however said they have not registered a similar case this year.
Meanwhile, police say they are still carrying out sweeping exercises which began during the festive season in order to reduce crime in the southern region.