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A woman was killed by a crocodile on the Zambezi River in the Cahora Bassa district of Tete province in central Mozambique when she returned to the river to retrieve a bar of soap she had forgotten.
The as-yet unidentified victim, having bathed and brought water home, returned to the river to get the bar soap she had left on a stone.
“When she was entering the water again to clean her feet, a crocodile attacked her by surprise,” João Simão, a fisherman who witnessed the incident, said.
Crocodile and hippopotamus attacks were frequent along the river in the Nhabando area, even in broad daylight, he added. The woman had been warned by fishermen about crocodiles in the area, and told not to go into the water again.
“That woman has left young children behind, and now we have lost another mother to care of the family when we are out fishing,” he said.
“We fishermen also lose colleagues to these animal attacks. Hippos often destroy our canoes. Some die and others are just injured,” another fisherman who lives in the area says.
The high death toll from crocodile and hippopotamus attacks on the Zambezi River has been reported to government authorities by fishermen and residents of Zumbo, Cahora Bassa, Mágoè, Dôa and Mutarara districts along the Zambezi River.Source: AIM Moçambique
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