Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) has assured people displaced by floods in various districts, including Nkhotakota, of government’s continued support to ease their plight.
Dodma Principal Secretary Wilson Moleni said this on Sunday after visiting flood victims at Mkazimasika Primary School in Nkhotakota where heavy rains that fell on Friday have displaced about 800 people.
Masula, Kasipa and Kalimanjira villages were trapped in water.
Speaking after donating relief items to the victims, Moleni appealed to the people to relocate upland to prevent recurrence of the natural disasters.
“People have to protect themselves by moving upland. We are glad that no-one has died,” he said.
Nkhotakota acting district commissioner Greystone Alindiamawo stressed the need for people to move from flood-prone areas, saying government is spending more on disaster response, thereby hindering investments in development projects.
One of the flood victims, Nduleje Twaibu, hailed government for the support, but appealed to duty-bearers to put flood victims on the Malata and Cement Subsidy Programme to rebuild their homes.
“I lost almost everything. My house is damaged. I appeal to government to provide us with building materials for rebuilding our homes,” she said.
Sixty people died in the early March floods nationwide, according to Dodma. n