A rapid assessment by Karonga District Civil Protection Committee (DCPC) on Tuesday revealed that 10 villages in the areas of Traditional Authority (T/A) Kyungu have been displaced by flash floods that occurred on Monday night due to the flooding of North Rukuru River.
The report indicated that 900 families were affected, with 132 hectares of maize and rice fields washed away. Twenty seven houses and an unspecified number of toilets collapsed.
Karonga disaster risk management officer Walusungu Mwafulirwa said the affected families are in immediate need of food, shelter, chlorine and mosquito nets as most of them are camping in schools and churches. He also appealed to well-wishers to assist the affected families with sweet potato and cassava cuttings to cultivate to avert hunger this year.
Malawi News Agency accompanied the committee to the verification exercise.
Chief director for irrigation and water development in the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Sandram Mawelu, said heavy rains are expected to persist over the nothern part of the country. He, therefore, advised people to be on guard.