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Blantyre disaster victims cry for aid

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By Alick Ponje:

HERE YOU ARE!—Leclerc (3rd right) hands over the donation to Bonomali

Some residents of Ndirande Township in Blantyre, who have been affected by heavy rains and strong winds, have appealed to more well-wishers to aid them in mitigating their suffering.

The residents made the appeal when Castel Malawi donated plastic sheets and bottled water to 100 of them to help them recover from the aftermath of the disaster.

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The process was coordinated by Malawi Red Cross Society.

Fifty-year-old Nancy Bonomali, whose house partly collapsed following the heavy rains, said she borrowed a plastic sheet to fortify part of the building so that her family could continue occupying it.

“It has been a big problem from the time the accident happened over three weeks ago. This plastic sheet which Castel Malawi has given me will help my family in the rebuilding process,” Bonomali said.

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She added that at the time of the accident, there were four occupants in the house who were lucky to have survived.

Castel Malawi Managing Director, Gilles Leclerc, said his company decided to aid the Ndirande disaster victims because it has its base close to the township.

He added that they will continue to reach out to those affected by disasters as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility.

“We have to give back to those who support us. On top of that, our offices are very close to the area, so it was very important for us to assist the people affected by disasters.

“People have been displaced and need something for shelter. The plastic sheets will help in that area, in maintenance of their houses,” Leclerc said.

Close to one million people have been affected by the disasters, which have claimed at least 60 lives across the country. The Southern Region has been the worst hit.

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