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The Vice President handing over items to a woman affected by the floods The Vice President handing over items to a woman affected by the floods Image taken by Nobert MZEMBE

Malawi Government Warns Against Stealing Of Relief Items

Written by  Written By Norbert MZEMBE Apr 06, 2017

Malawi’s Vice President, who is also Minister responsible for disasters, Saulos Klaus Chilima has warned public officers to desist from channeling relief items into their own pockets or they will face the law.

Chilima gave the warning when he visited flood victims at Kaporo in Karonga district.

He said government has activated food clusters to ensure that there is enough maize in all affected areas and it will.

According to the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA), the cluster mechanism at the district level was pointed out when members of the assessment team were divided according to their respective clusters for data collecting compiling and reporting.

The assessment revealed that four people had died and six had been injured while three others are missing.

It further revealed that many physically challenged people had been affected hence the need for special intervention.

Following the flooding that Karonga experienced from 28 March to this month, over 5000 households have been reported to have been affected.

Many of the affected were left without shelter, water and sanitary facilities and health related supplies among others.

According to report findings, most damages are on the crop fields and verification assessments by the council are underway.

In as much as the houses had been submerged in waters, the assessment revealed that a total of 878 houses were verified to have been completely damaged in the aforementioned areas.

Cumulatively, about 1075 hectares of crop fields of rice, maize and cassava have been washed away.

Meanwhile, the protection committees have said that the situation is most likely to change as the rain is still being experienced in both uplands and downstream areas hence increasing the likelihood of having intensive floods in the district.

Karonga district council through the DCPC, the ACPC and partners will continue to closely monitor the situation and provide periodic updates as the situation unveils.

Six evacuation camps have been established in the areas of Traditional Authority Wasambo, Mwilang’ombe, Kyungu and Kilipula.



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