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Natural disasters kill 13, injure 122 people

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At least 13 people have died while 122 others have been injured due to natural disasters that have occurred across the country between July and December this year.

Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) spokesperson Chipiliro Khamula also said that about 9,380 houses had been damaged while some people had been displaced due to the damage to their houses and property by the rains and strong winds.

“Mangochi, Balaka, Ntcheu, Blantyre, Mwanza and Neno are some of the districts which have been affected by natural disasters this year,” he said.

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In Mangochi, Khamula said hailstorm on Tuesday night affected about 178 households and injured seven people in the area of Traditional Authority Namavi. Khamula said three of the seven injured people had been admitted to Mangochi District Hospital while the others were treated as outpatients.

“The department is still assessing the immediate need of the affected people in Mangochi before responding to them with relief items. We are hopeful that the assessment will be completed by Friday,” he said.

But, at the national level, Khamula said DoDMA had assisted about 6,000 households with relief items and that it was expecting to respond to the remaining affected people by tomorrow.

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“We have also assessed all the evacuation centres and we are ready to accommodate people that might be affected,” Khamula said.

He also revealed that the department had produced about 3,000 radio jingles which would be aired in the country’s community radio stations to advise people to move to areas which are not prone to disasters. Khamula further advised people to avoid walking during rainfall, explaining that the majority of people who have died this year have been killed by lightning.

In a separate interview, Traditional Authority Namavi appealed to the government and wellwishers to assist affected households with shelter and food.

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