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The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) has said the government has put aside K1.2 billion to be used for the disasters that have occurred since the onset of the rain.

Dodma Spokesperson Jeremiah Mphande said the money is allocated in the Contingency Plan for 2016/2017.

But Mphande has accused some district councils of delaying to submit disaster reports for them to get assistance.

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Cumulatively, according to the department, 14 districts have been affected since the onset of the rain season

“Early this rain season, Mzimba was one of the districts that were affected by hailstorms but it took time for us to have the report on our table. We still have other districts that have not yet submitted their reports.

“We urge district councils to speed up submissions of rapid assessment reports for government to respond in time because delays might derail assisting the affected [people]. This is our appeal,” he said

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Meanwhile, hailstorm has destroyed property and killed one person in Mzimba district.

Mphande said a woman died after iron sheets that were blown off fell on her and cut her leading to loss of blood. Another injured person is receiving treatment at Mzuzu Central Hospital.

So far, 6800 households have been affected across the country since the onset of the rain season while nine people have died.

Malawi Defence Force soldiers have been positioned strategically in readiness for floods.

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