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Families in Salima still living in tents

About 100 families in Salima District are still living in tents following devastation that rains caused in the district earlier this year.

The people are from Traditional Authorities (T/ As) Magombo, Ndindi and Pemba.

One of the tent dwellers at Chikowa Primary School, Harrima Amin, a mother of five children, said they depend on food from well-wishers for them to eat.

She said reconstruction of their houses has not yet commenced as the district council keeps on saying it has not secured funds.

“We do not know how long we will stay here; we were promised that we will be given materials for reconstruction of our houses. Some officials from the council came and took down our names and pictures but to date we see no hope,” Amin said.

Concurring with Amin, Aniya Wilson said she came alone at the camp but life is unbearable for her.

“I do not have any relation here and when I run out of food, I struggle,” she said.

Salima District Council Civil Protection Committee Secretary, John Saini, confirmed the hardships but said they have not secured money to evacuate the people from the tents.

He said the council alone would not manage to make available money for building materials for the affected families.

“This should be an appeal to the corporate world to partner with us to make the life of these families bearable. Of course, there have been several other organisations coming with various food donations but the families will need continued support. Their crops were washed away and they have no hope,” he said.

Apart from the 100 homeless families, Saini said about 2,000 families in the three TAs lost their crops to flash floods.

However, on Sunday, Sudanese Community in Malawi made a donation of food and non-food items to about 250 families worth K10. 7 million.

Representative of the grouping, Hassan Fadil, said the Sudanese are part of the country and so they felt obliged to help the destitute.

Some of the donated items included bags of maize flour, cooking oil, sugar, salt and clothes.

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