COURAGEOUS women have saved their friend in Luano district from being eaten by a crocodile after it grabbed her hands while she was drawing water on the banks of Lunsemfwa River.
Agnes Sakala, 36, was attacked by the crocodile on Monday around 07:00 hours but quick intervention from her friends, who were also drawing water, prevented the reptile from dragging her deep into the crocodile-infested river.
Luano district commissioner Christopher Chibuye, who confirmed the incident yesterday, said Ms Sakala of Chief Chembe’s area sustained injuries on both hands.
“The crocodile grabbed her hands, but other women fought back to prevent it from taking her away,” Mr Chibuye said.
He said Ms Sakala is admitted to Mkushi District Hospital where she is recovering.
Mr Chibuye said his office has been receiving reports of crocodiles attacking people around Lunsemfwa River.
Mr Chibuye said Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) officers have been deployed to the affected areas to protect the people.
He said the population of crocodiles in Lunsemfwa River has increased and, therefore, was need for ZAWA to crop the reptiles to protect the people who depend on the river for water.
“Incidents of people being attacked have increased and one of the solutions is to crop the crocodiles,” Mr Chibuye said.
He also urged people in affected communities to be alert when drawing water from the Lunsemfwa River.