Government, through the Department of Disaster Risk Management, says it is looking for long-term solutions in dealing with victims of the recent floods that hit Mzuzu City.
The department’s director for disaster response and recovery Scholastica Chidyaonga said the department is working with Mzuzu City Council and Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development to make assessments and assist the victims move out of the camps.
Speaking on Friday when Petroleum Importers Limited (PIL) donated assorted items worth K10 million (about $14 000) to flood victims at Chibavi Camp, Chidyaonga said the victims have overstayed in the camps.
“Those who can manage should use the support they are receiving as a starter pack to move out of the camps,” Chidyaonga said.
In an interview, PIL general manager Enwell Kadango called on well-wishers to help the victims move out of the camps by supporting them with starter packs.
Kadango said his organisation donated the starter packs which comprised plastic sheets for the construction of temporary shelters, K15 000 cash, blankets and kitchen utensils for a smooth transition.
“They should not just wait for donations. It is time to move on with life. They are not going to be at the camp forever. What will happen if the owner of this house evicts them?” said Kadango.
He said the camp is not a conducive environment for children.
One of the 77 victims who has stayed at the camp since April, Glory Kumwenda, said she cannot move out because her house collapsed during the floods. n