Floods affect 398 people in Chikwawa

Chikwawa, Over 398 people have been affected by floods in Chikwawa district.

According to the District’s Assistant Disaster Officer, Francis Kadzokoya, the areas affected include Chikwawa Boma where there was a back-effect overflowing of water to the communities along Chapananga Road under Traditional Authority (TA) Kasisi leaving 80 households temporarily displaced from their homes.

“Chikwawa started receiving some rains in December in as much as 2016/2017 agricultural season is concerned. However, the kind of rainfall which we have been receiving during the season was not causing flooding disasters except this time around from March 20 to 21, 2017 where we have been partly affected by the same,” Kadzokoya in an interview on Monday.

He said the District Civil Protection Committee (DCPC) authorized by the District Commissioner (DC) visited the affected areas in TA Kasisi around the Boma and those along Chapananga road.

“The verification exercise started from March 20 to 21, 2017 and stakeholders from relevant Government Ministries and some Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) like Malawi Red Cross Society were represented. The teams visited various areas which were reported to have been affected excluding fields and sugarcane plantations that were also flooded. Dwelling facilities of the relatives harboring the displaced populations were also visited for the team to appreciate and to assess the conditions,” Kadzokoya pointed out.

He added that no camp sites were set-up since it was established that only 7 houses were the ones which completely collapsed with others partially affected.

He commended DoDMA for its swift response coming to the district with various relief items for the affected individuals on Saturday.

“As a district, let me commend DoDMA for their timely response to the disaster where 80 households have been affected. This is a good job by DODMA because the people will be able to recover from the shock they have experienced,” Kadzokoya concluded.

Chief Relief and Rehabilitation Officer at DoDMA, Fyawupi Mwafongo said the organization thought of responding to the disaster as it was necessary that such problems need timely response.

The affected households each received; 2 blankets, 40kgs of maize flour, 5kgs of beans, 4 plastic plates, cups as well as salt.

At least 73 houses submerged in water.

Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA