Three people have had their hands and legs amputated at Mamba Hospital after being attacked by crocodiles in separate incidents on Lake Kabriba.
A 11 year old girl, Astridah Siachuka’s leg was amputated after a crocodile attacked her while she was fishing with her mother Nancy Siachuka on Lake Kariba near Chief Sinazongwe’s area in Malozilozi.
The father to the girl Dickson Siachuka told ZANIS today that his wife Nancy’s hands were also severely injured in the process of trying to rescue her daughter from the crocodile.
Mr. Siachuka said the hospital managed to operate the two victims resulting into the amputation of the young girls leg.
A check by ZANIS at the hospital found another woman, Sofia Mbeba, whose leg was amputated after being caught by a crocodile while fishing on Lake Kariba within the same area in Malozilozi.
Last week, a 24 year old woman was also severely mauled by a crocodile on Lake Kariba resulting in the amputation of her both hands.
Juliet Siangombe of Ndolo Village in Senior Chief Mweemba area said from her hospital bed at Maamba Hospital that the incident occurred when she went to fetch water for household chores with her sister in law.
Mrs Siangombe said the crocodile caught her both hands while dipping a container to draw water from the lake.
The Victim said she started wrestling with the crocodile and after the reptile realized that she still had power, it dipped her into water but continued fighting it.
“While fighting with it I could feel it breaking my right hand and later it broke my left hand,” Mrs Siangombe said.
Hardly a month passes without a person being killed or injured by a crocodile on Lake Kariba in Sinazongwe district.