Karonga, The Vice -President Dr. Saulos Chilima has directed the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) to provide helicopter in Karonga to help rescue some of the flood survivors who remain unreachable following heavy floods that have affected communities in all five Traditional Authorities in the district.
According to the District Commissioner (DC) for Karonga Richard Hara, over 5, 000 families were affected by the heavy rains in Karonga that occurred since March 28 in which four people died while three others were missing.
Speaking when he visited the flood victims on Wednesday, Chilima assured people in Karonga of government support in order to minimize the extent of their suffering.
”President Peter Mutharika is very saddened that we have lost fellow citizens in Karonga and he sent me to express his condolence to the surviving families.”
”Therefore, let me assure the affected families in the district that government will provide all the necessary support to ensure that we minimize the problem,” said Chilima.
He added that relief items were on their way to the district by saying: “We have enough maize and other necessities with us that are on the way.”
Arriving by a helicopter through the Karonga Airport, Chilima was accompanied by Principal Secretary who is also Commissioner for the Department of Disaster Management Affairs, Clement Chinthu Phiri, and Deputy Minister of Defence, Vincent Ghambi.
The vice- president donated relief items to some of the affected people at Kasoba camp, under the area of T/A Kyungu.
In his remarks the district commissioner said that 5500 households were heavily affected by the floods, and that 870 houses completely demolished.
”We have lost four people; six were injured, while three are still missing. However, we are yet to establish the total extent of the damage because some areas are not accessible,” Hara said.
Hara said that six camps have since been established across the district.
Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA