The current cold being experienced in the region is making people come up with different ways of making their rooms warm, with some turning to deadly ways of doing it.
A man and his lover died in the Njombe region of Tanzania after their way of keeping their room warm turned tragic.
According to the police boss who addressed the media today Wednesday, 21 July, the deceased identified as Benitho Mbatha (23) and Jazila Said died after they left a charcoal jiko to burn overnight to keep their room warm.
The couple was found today after a bad smell started emanating from their bedroom.
Njombe Regional Police Commander, Hamisi Issah has told the media that the two were last seen entering the room on 17 July, only for them to be found after they had died.
"Baada ya kufariki hakuna mtu ambaye aligundua kama kuna watu wamefariki, tukio hili limetokea tarehe 17 mwezi wa saba majira ya saa tano na nusu huko mtaa wa National Housing kata ya Njombe mjini wakiwa wamelala kwenye chumba kimoja,” said the police boss, which loosely translates to:
(After their death, no one knew the two had died. The incident took place on the 17th of July at 11:30 pm in the National Housing area of Njombe ward in the city while they were sleeping in one room)
Police have also said this is not the first case of people dying because of burning jikos and warned residents to look for alternatives ways of keeping their rooms warm.
For starters, a burning charcoal jiko produces a very poisonous gas called Carbon monoxide. The gas is very deadly considering it has no smell and is colourless. It kills slowly.
You are advised to keep your room ventilated for proper air circulation when using a charcoal jiko and put it out after cooking.
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