In a devastating incident of suspected food poisoning, fifteen members of a poverty-stricken family in rural Namibia have tragically lost their lives after consuming poisonous porridge.
The incident, which occurred in the northeastern region of Kavango East, has become one of the worst cases of food poisoning in the country’s history, as confirmed by the police on Wednesday.
Local reports indicate that the impoverished family resorted to consuming porridge made from cereal residues, which were left behind from the process of brewing an alcoholic beverage.
Little did they know that this desperate act would lead to such dire consequences.
The unfortunate victims, comprising a family of 21 individuals, began experiencing severe illness shortly after their dinner on Saturday. Prompt action was taken, and they were rushed to a nearby hospital.
However, the situation quickly turned tragic as fifteen members of the family succumbed to the toxic effects of the porridge. Police spokesperson, Kauna Shikwambi, shared this heart-wrenching update on Wednesday.
“This incident marks the highest number of suspected deaths resulting from the consumption of potentially toxic substances,” Shikwambi expressed, underscoring the gravity of the situation.
In response to this tragic event, authorities have initiated an investigation. Autopsies and laboratory tests are currently underway to determine the exact cause of the poisoning.
The community awaits the results, hoping for answers and seeking justice for the victims of this unfortunate incident.