A 75 year-old woman has died after taking locally brewed beer known as Kachasu for three consecutive days without eating any food in Balaka district.
Balaka Police Deputy Public Relations Officer Gerald Sumaili identified the deceased as Malita Joseph who was said to be a heavy drinker.
“She spent three days without returning home for meals and later she was found dead at Dambo area within the village,” said Sumaili.
Postmortem conducted a Balaka District Hospital revealed that the woman died due to excessive intake of beer without eating anything.
Joseph hailed from Mkweya village, Traditional Authority Chanthunya in Balaka.
In a related incident, a 9 year-old boy identified as Henry Kagwa has died after drowning in Rivirivi River at Kachilunda village in Balaka.
According to Sumaili, the boy was trying to swim but unfortunately he drowned in the process.
Postmortem conducted revealed that the death was caused due to suffocation.
The deceased hailed from Kachilunda village, Traditional Authority Nsamala in Balaka district.