Nkhotakota: Persistent rains that have been falling in Nkhotakota during the past week have flooded most parts of the district leaving over 3000 people homeless, Malawi News Agency (Mana) has learnt.
According to assessment documents made available to this reporter, over 527 houses have so far collapsed in some parts of the areas the disaster evaluation team has appraised.
District Commissioner for Nkhotakota Felix Mkandawire confirmed the development on Sunday saying that the assessment was still in progress.
He admitted that the impact is huge with more crop fields washed away or submerged in water almost in all Traditional Authorities.
Actually we are communicating with the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) to see what we can do. Our teams are on the ground collecting data, DoDMA office has also assessed using a helicopter.
So far expect the data of affected households to rise after assessment and as I speak more houses are collapsing since the rain is still falling, he said.
District Agriculture Development Officer (DADO) Abraham Mhlanga said the floods have negatively impacted his department since more hectares of crops have been affected.
Mhlanga observed that as of Sunday morning the data available indicated that 160 hectares of crops against about 1500 farmers were either washed away or immersed in water.
My office has managed to collect data that 75 hectares of cassava against 486 farmers, 45 hectares of maize against 254 farmers, 30 hectares of rice against 355 farmers, 10 hectares of sweet potato against 223 farmers and 10 hectares of bananas against 245 farmers are lost, he said, while highlighting that the data was collected from Dwambazi, Bondo, Mazengera and Chibalepamaso areas.
He mentioned that the district expects to have shutter loses of about 25 to 40 percent of what they expected to harvest during this period.
Meanwhile DoDMA has provided the district with 627 bags of maize and some relief items to communities that were affected by floods in December last year.
Some of the affected households have camped at Dwambazi and Mkaika Primary Schools.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA