Residents in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe are recovering from the effects of heavy rains which have injured nine people and destroyed vehicles and buildings.
Those injured are inmates from Maula prison, where the rains accompanied by strong winds blew off roofs of some buildings at the prison.
The rains that also uprooted trees which fell on vehicles come a few days after a weather expert assured Malawians that the country would not experience destructive weather events.
Those injured were inmates from Maula prison, where the storm blew off roofs of some buildings at the prison.
According to officials from the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA) they are currently undertaking a comprehensive assessment on the damage caused by the stormy rains.
In a statement, Commissioner for Disaster Management Affairs Clement Chinthu Phiri said DODMA is working with the Malawi Defense Force and Lilongwe City Council to assess the situation.
Phiri further indicated that they are clearing the areas that have been blocked by fallen trees and rehabilitate the damaged office block at Maula prison.
He revealed that such storms are likely to occur in different parts of the country during this rainy season, therefore people need to check the ability of their buildings, especially roofs to withstand the disaster.