A FOUR-year-old minor died on the spot while three others cheated death after the walls of the house they were sleeping in collapsed on them in Sumbawanga recently.
The walls gave in to heavy rains accompanied by strong winds that swept across Ilanga Village in Muze Ward, Lake Rukwa Basin in Sumbawanga District.
The heavy rains and strong winds that started shortly before midnight and lasted for more than three hours wreaked havoc in the village as horrified villagers abandoned their houses in fear.
Rukwa Regional Police Commander, Mr Jacob Mwaruanda confirmed the incident adding that investigations were underway to assess the extent of the damage but insisted that so far only one minor was reported dead.
Muze Ward Official, Mr John Mutonte named the deceased as Sikanda Timoth who was sharing a room with three other children who managed to escape shortly before the walls of the house collapsed.
"When the walls showed signs of giving in, the horrified children ran out of the house raising alarm which woke up their parents, who also rushed to the scene. "It was at that juncture the parents discovered that one of their children was missing but it was already too late as the collapsing walls had already killed the minor," explained Mutonte.
According to Mutonte, the family has taken refuge at one of the neighbours' houses while arrangements were underway to rehabilitate their destroyed house.