The number of households affected by hailstorm in Malawi’s Northern Region district of Karonga has reached 110 with authorities hinting at the possibility of the number increasing.
Karonga district disaster and risk management officer Lusungu Mwafulirwa confirmed the figure. He said the affected people need food and other relief items so that they can cope with life.
“In the meantime, there are no hailstorms and some people have started working on their houses because only the roofs were blown off,” he said.
However, Mwafulirwa said some of the people need shelter as their houses were destroyed.
He said they have since submitted a report to the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) to help the victims.
Karonga District Council chairperson Ernest Mwalughali said the council is checking the relief items in stock at its warehouse at Chilumba for distribution.
The hailstorm hit the district last week and the most affected villages are in traditional authorities (T/As) Kilipura and Kyungu, with a few from the area of T/A Wasambo.