Tubers Kill 3 in Chikwawa

A mother and her two children died after eating the wild tubers A mother and her two children died after eating the wild tubers - file photo

Three people from the same family in Chikwawa have died after eating poisonous wild tubers as hunger is reportedly causing havoc there.

Some villagers, Fred Khaiya and Chikumbutso Ndawanje told Zodiak on Friday afternoon that the three, a mother and her two girls opted to eat the tubers after staying for some days without food.

They said on Thursday, the mother decided to go and uproot the wild tubers to prepare them for the evening meal.

The villagers added that out of four family members, one girl refused to eat the tubers.

"After taking the meal, two girls started vomiting and later died at home while the mother died at Mfera health centre on Friday morning," said Khaiya.

Police and Health officials have confirmed the incident.

Chikwawa Police Spokesperson Sargent Dickson Matemba has since advised communities to desist from eating tubers and other wild fruits which they are not sure of.

Many families in Chikwawa are still struggling to get food as they experienced low yield because of harsh climatic conditions.

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Last modified on Sunday, 26/04/2020

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