Flood victims in Karonga District have decried the slow pace at which government and its partners are responding to the floods which to date have killed four people and displaced 55 921 from 8 286 families.
The flood victims expressed their displeasure last week when Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) donated K10 million worth of relief items meant for Karonga and Salima districts.
One of the concerned 195 individuals at Iponga Camp, Ailes Naupiwu, 82, said they spent five days without any relief item from government or its partners.
She said the victims are surviving on soya porridge meant for learners at the nearby Iponga Primary School.
Karonga district risk management officer Walusungu Mwafulirwa confirmed in an interview that the response towards the disaster is slow this year compared to last year.
He said this is the case despite the council submitting a disaster assessment report to all partners working in the district.
MRCS disaster management manager Joseph Moyo said organisations need to give each other roles in disaster response so that all areas of need are addressed.
The Red Cross made the donation on behalf of the mobile phone network operator Airtel Malawi. n