June 6, 2019

Crocodile kills male person in Western Province , Solomon Islands

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Western Province reports that a crocodile has allegedly killed an adult male person at about 2 am on 3 June 2019 on Kolombangara Island.
Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Western Province, Chief Superintendent Mathias Lenialu says, “The body of the person, who was from Kaza Village, was found in the Kaza River on Kolombangara Island early this morning.
PPC Lenialu explains: “Information gathered from the community says people sighted the crocodile last month. The crocodile is believed to have gone ashore at Hapi Village and ate one pig and a dog. Just last week the crocodile came ashore at Kaza Village and ate a dog.
Mr Lenialu says, “At about 5pm (2 June 2019) the diseased went to dive. Members of his family waited for him but he did not return. At about 11pm the same night, the community split into two groups and conducted a search. It was about 2 am on 3 June 2019 that they saw a crocodile about two to three metres long still holding onto the body of the diseased.”
Members of the communities are urged to report any sightings of a crocodile to your nearest police station or contact the National Response Department (NRD) on phone 23829.

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