The floods that hit areas along Mchesi Stream in Lilongwe on Sunday destroyed household property worth over K75 million, a report by Centre for Community Organisation and Development (Ccode) has estimated.
The report, issued yesterday after a three-day survey that targeted 60 percent of the affected area, said the floods destroyed household property and food.
Presenting the survey findings, Ccode policy and advocacy manager Wonderful Hunga described the floods as devastating and called for food aid and kitchen utensils for victims.
“The affected residents are 234, of which 111 are women, 123 male while 27 are under five children,” he said.
The report said one of the causes of the flood was the Mchesi Stream bridge, whose channel is not big enough to let in all the water during heavy rains.
“When the water is too much some water spreads across the bridge and forces the stream banks to break. There is need for authorities to construct a wider bridge that should also be higher than the current one,” said Hunga.
Meanwhile, Kawale 1 Ward community development chairperson Patrick Jonathan has asked Lilongwe City Council authorities and other stakeholders to go through the report to come up with relevant interventions for mitigating the crisis.