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A 1-year-old child died and 23 people were missing and feared dead after a hippopotamus charged into and capsized a canoe on a river in southern Malawi, authorities said Tuesday.
PABLO ESCOBAR HIPPO KILLED IN HIGHWAY COLLISION IN COLOMBIA
The long wooden canoe was carrying 37 people across the Shire River on their way to neighboring Mozambique when it was hit by the hippo in the Nsanje District on Monday.
Malawian authorities aided in the rescue of 13 people from the site of a hippo attack that left a child dead and 23 others unaccounted for. (AP Photo/Austin Kachipeya)
Malawian police rescued 13 with the help of World Food Program personnel who were working in the area and provided boats for the rescue operation, Nsanje District Police Commissioner Dominic Mwandira said.
SLOVAK ZOOKEEPER FOUND DEAD IN ENCLOSURE AFTER APPARENT LION ATTACK
The people were feared dead because the search had been going on for more than 24 hours, police spokesperson Agnes Zalakoma said.
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Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera sent Minister of Water and Sanitation Abida Mia to the scene. She said locals told her hippos often caused problems in the area and they wanted authorities to relocate some of the animals.