Disaster victims appeal for help

Some people from Traditional Authority (T/A) Sitola in Machinga who were affected by heavy rains and strong winds have appealed to government and well-wishers to help them with plastic sheets, tents and other materials to reconstruct their houses.

Heavy rains accompanied by strong winds on November 19 this year left about 1 432 households homeless and destroyed their properties, including school blocks and other structures.

The disaster, which left 120 houses destroyed and 290 others partly damaged, also destroyed Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi poles.

Speaking on Thursday when Vice-President Everton Chimulirenji visited the affected people at Chinguni Primary School ground in Mtila Village, one of the affected people, Joyce Allan pleaded for immediate assistance from government and well-wishers.

“We are in a bad situation. The disaster has ruined our lives. With our status, we can’t even afford to buy plastic sheets and other materials to reconstruct our houses,” she said.

In his remarks,  Chimulirenji, who is also Minister for Disaster Management Affairs, assured the affected people that government will take care of them.

“Through Department of Disaster Management Affairs, government has set aside 8 129 tonnes of maize to help people who were affected by the floods,” he said.

Chimulirenji pledged government’s continued support of relief food towards people who were recommended by Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (Mvac) report up to March next year.

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