Nsanje District Council Relief and Rehabilitation officer Blessings Kantema says they have started disseminating information to people living in disaster-prone areas to vacate to the upland.
In an interview yesterday, he said they have engaged both village and area civil protection committees in the district’s nine traditional authorities on the exercise.
“People should relocate to safer places before the rainy season,” said Kantema.
He also said they have developed a district disaster contingency plan that will guide them on how to handle the situation.
Senior Chief Malemia has since encouraged his subjects living in flood-prone areas to relocate to the upland.
“It is difficult to help people affected by disasters. So, I encourage people to find better settlements before the rainy season,” he said.
Makoko Area Civil Protection Committee chairperson Elitta Kampala thanked Concern Worldwide for training them on how they can deal with disasters.
“Now we know how to report disasters to relevant authorities,” she said.
Nyachikadza Area Civil Protection Committee chairperson Shadreck Nyamtontholo asked the Metrological Department to introduce mobile messages to disseminate weather updates.
Some community members say they will relocate upland.
Maria Njira from Traditional Authority Malemia said she will find a better place to relocate to.
Nsanje is one of the disaster-prone districts in the country.