Heavy rains and storms last week Wednesday afternoon destroyed scores of houses in Zidana Village in Senior Chief Kwataine’s area in Ntcheu, leaving over 200 families homeless.
Village Head Zidana said the storm, which did not last long, hit the village around 2pm.
“It all started with light rains and within a short time we heard a strange sound of something like whirlwind and this is the wind which devastated my village and surrounding schools and villages,” said Zidana.
He said 90 percent of his subjects were affected by the storm.
Said Zidana: “As you can see, most of the affected houses were roofed with iron sheets and it is doubtful if the affected families will have resources to bring back their houses to their original status. Therefore, there is immediate need for assistance from government and various stakeholders.”
Speaking in an interview after visiting the affected villages, Ntcheu district commissioner (DC) Harry Phiri described the situation as pathetic and called on organisations and government to intervene.
Deputy Minister of Defence Malisoni Ndau presented relief items as a starting point, but said more assistance was required to ensure that lives of the affected people are normalised within the shortest period.
Last week, rains destroyed Linga Community Day Secondary School and houses in Nkhotakota. n