By Eric Msikiti:
World Vision Malawi (WVM) has called for continued support to Malawians who are living in floods-prone areas.
WVM National Director, Hazel Nyathi, said this during a tour of areas where the organisation is implementing recovery programmes after Cyclone Idai-induced floods led to the death of 60 people and countless others in March this year.
“Most of the affected families are still in dire need of relief assistance even though the country was supposed to have gone into the recovery stage by now.
“The next rainy season, which could affect families still Living in floods-prone areas, starts in five months, which means we need contingency plans to avoid a repeat of the devastating floods in March,” Nyathi said.
WVM is implementing a recovery programme in Traditional Authority Mwambo, Zomba District, where at least 3,500 farmers are engaging in winter cropping.
It has, among other things, provided early maturing seed varieties to farmers to enhance food security at household level.
“But these are not enough,” Nyathi said, adding that “it will take at least the next three months for farmers to harvest. That is why we still need collaboration in providing relief food assistance to the farmers and other affected households,” she said.
Early this month, the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) announced that it needed over K280 billion to relocate internally displaced people to higher grounds.
Thousands of people were displaced after Cyclone Idai left severe floods in its wake, the most affected districts being those in the Southern Region.
“The department has noted that most internally displaced people are returning to the same disaster-prone areas, which means they would be in the same situation if disaster strikes again this rainy season.
“We are positive that we will get the money because our partners are willing to help us. The government will also do its part,” said Dodma Principal Secretary and Commissioner for Disasters, Wilson Moleni, during a consultative meeting on relocation and resettlement of people in disaster-prone areas.