Three women died and one has been hospitalized after a huge chunk of soil fell on them while mining clay in Dowa on Tuesday.
Dowa Police Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Richard Kaponda, confirmed the incident to Malawi News Agency (Mana) and identified the deceased as Tifedi Bekete, 25, Evelline Kapsya, 21, and Maganizo Jakobo, 18, all from Traditional Authority Chiwere in the district.
The police publicist revealed that the women went to fetch clay soil to decorate their houses where it was reported that the upper layer collapsed and covered them.
He said some people tried to rescue them but two died on the spot and one died on the way to the hospital.
The matter was reported to Dowa Police who took the bodies to Dowa District Hospital where postmortem results revealed that death was due to suffocation.
The other woman identified as Titani Nkhwazi, 25, is battling for her life at the same hospital.