Rumphi, Minister of Homeland Security, Nicholas Dausi and that of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango on behalf of the State President Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, Thursday visited Rumphi District Hospital to cheer-up survivors of hailstorm that hit Tcharo in Rumphi District.
In an interview with Malawi News Agency, Dausi said the two ministers were delegated by Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika to cheer the survivors who were receiving treatment at the hospital.
The two ministers also extended the president’s condolences to families who lost their relatives due to disaster.
The State President delegated us to visit and cheer-up the survivors with deep sympathy and said he wished them quick recovery.
We thank God that the survivors were recovering steadily from the serious injuries they sustained during that fateful day, said Dausi.
Dausi then hailed community members for rescuing the survivors and medical staff at Rumphi District Hospital for their professional commitment in assisting the survivors.
The minister also assured the survivors of government’s continued interventions to reduce impact of the disasters on the survivors.
In coordination with the Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and Rumphi District Commissioner’s office, we will ensure survivors of the disaster benefit from Descent and Affordable Housing Program.
Malawi Red Cross society and United Nations are also providing shelter kits to those affected, Dausi said.
Acting Director of Health and Social Services for Rumphi District, Steven Macheso said the patients are responding well to treatment and that there is high possibility that they will be discharged soon.
According to the minister, government is formulating policies to regulate people’s settlements to avoid such disasters in future.
He further advised the public to always take hid of the weather updates as released by the relevant government department so that they do not become victims of such incidents.
Meanwhile two survivors who sustained various degrees of injuries are admitted to Rumphi District Hospital and David Gordon Memorial Hospital whilst one was referred to Mzuzu Central Hospital.
Heavy rains accompanied by strong winds last Saturday swept through Tcharo in Sub Traditional Authority Chapinduka in the district, killing three people, five others are still missing while nine people survived with different degrees of injuries.
The Malawi Defense Force and Malawi Police Services are still searching for the five-missing people.
Source: MANA Online