About 100 flood victims accommodated at Mulawa Camp in Traditional Authority Mwambo at Jali in Zomba have started a new lease of life following their resettlement initiated by Zomba District Council
Zomba district disaster risk management officer Florence Ntepa said in an interview on Tuesday that the victims cannot continue staying in camps as rains that displaced them stopped.
“These people need to go back to their homes and start preparing for winter cropping to be food-secure,” she said.
The victims were given maize flour, kitchen utensils, blankets, buckets, basins, plastic papers as well as K2 500.
The items, valued at K4 million, were procured with funding from Invest in Knowledge (IK) research organisation.
Speaking after handing over the items, IK director of research James Mkandawire said their organisation felt duty-bound to bail out the victims because life in camps is not productive.
“As a research institution, we work with people in the communities. That is why we felt obliged to come to their rescue,” he said.
On her part, camp chairperson Agness Chaphuka said the items are crucial for their recovery.
The camp comprised 147 victims and those remaining are awaiting similar support to be resettled.