3,615 Households Stuck in Evacuation Camps in Mulanje

Mulanje, About 3,615 households out of the 6,549 that were affected by floods in Mulanje are still living in evacuation camps.

This was realized in a District Civil Protection Committee (DCPC) meeting held Wednesday with the agenda of reviewing stakeholder coordination during the 2018/19 flood disaster response as well as activation of cluster systems.

According to the report during the first two weeks, Mulanje District Council managed to secure about 60 camps that sheltered 5,593 households and were provided with food and water, sanitation and hygiene items.

However, the figures indicate that only about 1,978 households managed to adapt and returned to their homes.

The district council’s director of planning and development, Mercy Mpakule said there have been several challenges that forced the current situation.

She said: We lack shelter tents, plastic sheets for reconstruction; we have inadequate financial resources to undertake rapid response exercise, validation and relief item distribution among others.

In dealing with the situation, the committee agreed to establish and activate cluster systems which involve stakeholders with interest to help in the disaster situation.

The clusters will facilitate coordination and information management to ensure gaps are identified and that assistance reaches the right people, hopefully, to calm the situation at hand, said Mpakule.

At the moment, ADRA Malawi, UNICEF through United Purpose, Red Cross Malawi, world Vision Malawi, Gift of the Givers and Mobe Investments-Limbe are some of the partners that have come forward to respond to people’s needs.

Source: MANA Online