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By Faith Kamtambe:

KALILANI— President Peter Mutharika has directed my ministry to consider constructing houses

The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development has said it is going to construct houses for people affected by floods.

Floods that affected some districts in the Southern Region have affected 19,328 households, destroying houses and property.

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Minister of Lands, Jean Kalilani, said on Tuesday that the houses would be built under the Decent and Affordable Housing Programme, popularly known as Cement and Malata subsidy. She also said a cluster committee would meet to discuss the same.

“As a mitigation measure, President Peter Mutharika has directed my ministry to consider constructing houses for the flood victims. The President has also directed my ministry to explore ways of soliciting funds and support to finance the project in the flood-hit districts,” she said.

Kalilani said the initiative would be done in coordination with the Department of Disaster Management Affairs in the Ministry of Homeland Security.

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According to Malawi Red Cross Society, there are 94,000 internally displaced people in 173 camps in the affected districts.

Most affected people are sheltered in schools, which is also affecting learning.

Some of the districts hit by the floods are Mangochi, Balaka, Zomba, Phalombe, Mulanje and Nsanje.

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