Heavy rains have washed away a road connecting Mpondagaga and Ngalatete villages in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mphonde in Nkhotakota, leaving about 600 people stranded.
The road that passes through Bua Irrigation Scheme was yesterday submerged in water after a week of incessant rains flooded Bua River and burst its banks. Scores of people were also left destitute as their houses were submerged in water.
Nkhotakota district disaster management affairs (Dodma) officer George Zibophe in an interview yesterday said some affected families are now staying at a nearby school while others sought shelter in church buildings.
“The situation is worrisome. At the moment there are about 130 households displaced at Ngalatete. We want to evacuate them from this area as more rains are expected.
Zibophe said government is working with humanitarian agencies to provide relief aid to the affected families.
One of the affected residents, Jeke Zuze, appealed to well-wishers to speed up the evacuation process to relocate them upland.
Meanwhile, Nkhotakota Central Constituency legislator Peter Mazizi has appealed to authorities to urgently assist the affected people with food, shelter and chlorine.