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Zambezi Times Online 2004

Crop 'Killer' Crocodiles, Residents Urge ZAWA

LUSAKA, Apr. 27 - Luangwa residents in Lusaka rural are appealing to Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) to crop crocodiles that have infested the Luangwa river killing several villagers.

Luangwa district health management team administration manager, Lungowe Zulu confirmed in an interview that over 20 cases had been reported in various parts of the district this year.

She said five people had died while other victims had their limbs amputated.

Ms Lungowe said there were more cases of people being attacked by crocodiles this year as compared to the first quarter of last year.

"The prevalence of the cases this year suggests that the population of crocodiles has increased compared to last year," she said.

Mr Nickson Banda of Mandombe area said in a separate interview, so far the reptiles had mauled eight people since January this year causing serious injuries.

He said there was urgent need to reduce the population of the crocodiles in the area.

Another resident, Joseph Kaunda of Mwavi area said the development had seen many people abandon fishing activities for fear of falling prey to the deadly reptiles.

Mr Kaunda said Mwavi area had recorded two cases of people who had disappeared in suspicious circumstances this year.

By Nebert Mulenga
Source: The Times of Zambia / allAfrica Global Media

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