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Dodma to conclude camps decommissioning in 2 weeks

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The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) has disclosed that having decommissioned about 75 percent of evacuation camps in the 10 districts affected by the impacts of Tropical Cyclone Freddy, it plans to conclude the task in the next two weeks.

Chief Disaster Preparedness Officer at the commission, Natasha Mbengo, said this in Mulanje when Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) launched a programme in which the organisation is distributing shelter related take-home packages.

“The two districts with the highest number of camps are Chikwawa and Nsanje and the process of decommissioning them is still in progress,” Mbengo said.

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She hailed the support from MRCS, saying it will ease affected households’ challenges as they return to rebuild their homes which were wrecked in the cyclone’s trail.

Secretary General of the humanitarian organisation, McBain Kanongoza, said the programme is being implemented in seven districts.

“We are providing building materials, kitchen items, cooking pots and blankets to make sure that there is smooth resettlement of those who were affected by the impacts of the cyclone,” Kanongoza said.

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He further indicated that so far, MRCS has raised K2.2 billion for responding to the impacts of the cyclone.

Described by the World Meteorological Organisation as the longest-lasting and most powerful storm to ever hit the southern hemisphere, Freddy lashed southern Malawi, resulting in more than 1,200 deaths.

The storm further displaced at least a million people in the 10 districts.

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