Zomba City Council (ZCC) mayor Melia Douglas says there is a need for concerted efforts from both government and other stakeholders to rescue Zomba City residents whose property was damaged by the strong winds that hit the city earlier this month.
Douglas said this on Tuesday when the council inspected Matawale, Sadzi, Zomba Prison as well as Mpunga locations to appreciate the damage.
The councils’ current statistics show that almost 314 houses from the mentioned areas were damaged as well as the roofs of Zomba Central Prison Health Centre, Sadzi Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) and Chalomwe Primary School were blown off.
Zomba City Central Constituency member of Parliament Patricia Kainga Nangozo (People’s Party-PP) said apart from food relief items, the city needs construction materials like cement, iron sheets and other roofing materials to renovate the damaged houses and other infrastructures.
“We are optimistic that if well-wishers repair the clinic it will be easy for the people around this area to seek medical help with ease as they are currently walking long distances to Zomba Central Hospital for medical attention. The school blocks also need to be renovated as soon as possible to accommodate the learners when schools open in early January next year.” she said. n