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Chikwawa ready for floods

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Chikwawa District Council says it is prepared to conduct rescue operations if floods hit the district this year.

Chikwawa District Director of Development and Planning, Kelvin Harawa, said the Marine Department from Monkey Bay have been equipping the Chikwawa Civil Protection Committee with expertise on how to conduct the rescue operations.

He said the council has also serviced all its engine boats to enable them to respond on time to any calls for help.

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“Chikwawa, experiences floods even without the district itself receiving any rains. Rainwater from the upland districts of Blantyre, Mwanza and Thyolo flood the district, catching the people in the area unprepared. It is important that we prepare and we are prepared,” he said.

Harawa, however, called on members of local communities to vacate low-lying areas which frequently flood, saying the council may not respond quickly enough to avoid loss of lives or property.

The district experienced the worst floods in recent history in 2014/2015 rainy season where scores of people lost their lives.

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The Department of Meteorological Services has predicted normal to above normal rainfall this year with the prevailing La Nina winds, sparking fears of a recurrence of the 2014/2015 horror.

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