Student swept away by flooded Mudi River

Malawi

A 19-year-old student in Namiwawa Township in Blantyre died on Thursday afternoon after being washed away in Mudi River while coming from school.

Confirming the development was Blantyre police deputy publicist Sub Inspector Dorrah Chathyoka who identified the victim as Jimmy Banda, a Form 3 student at Tate Private Secondary School.

Sub Inspector Chathyoka said Banda met his fate while coming from school on Thursday afternoon.

She said upon reaching Mudi River, Banda, who was with his friend, noticed that the river was swollen following heavy rainfall that hit in the area.

The two attempted to cross but ended up being washed away.

Banda went missing while his friend got rescued by a security guard who was chopping wood nearby.

Police from Chilomoni rushed to the scene and embarked on a search for the missing student. The survivor was taken to hospital.

Banda was found dead on Friday and his body was taken to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital for a post-mortem.

Jimmy Banda was from Manyowe in the area of Traditional Authority Kuntaja in Blantyre District.

Meanwhile, police have urged the public not to cross flooded rivers whether sober or not.

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