Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) on Saturday donated relief items to over 300 households affected by floods in Traditional Authority (T/A) Pemba in Salima.
Speaking on the sidelines of the donation, Salima District assistant disaster risk management officer Humphrey Magalasi said the donation aimed at helping affected families recover from their loss.
He said: “When such disasters happen, communities are left helpless.
“The items will help people in their day-to-day life and improve their livelihoods as they continue to stay in camp waiting to go back to their homes.”
Magalasi also asked well-wishers for more support for the affected families.
“The people continue to face shortage of basic necessities. So, any kind of help will be welcome,” he said.
Group village head Mtauchila commended the department for the donation, saying it will lessen the suffering of the affected families.
“Most of them were sleeping on empty tummies. The food will cover some period,” he said.
Mtauchila urged community members residing in low-lying areas to move away.
Over 500 families have been affected by floods and strong winds in the district. The affected families received bags of rice, soya pieces, plastic papers, cooking oil and salt.