House collapses, 2 people die


By Yohane Symon:

Two people died in Mangochi District after a wall of the house they were sleeping in collapsed due to heavy rains on Saturday night.

Mangochi District Commissioner, Moses Chimphepo identified the victims as 53-year-old Patuma Welemu and her six-year-old granddaughter, Rose Ayami, both from Msinje Village, Traditional Authority Mponda.


The death of the two has brought to 19 the number of people that have died due to natural disasters since the start of the rain season in November 2018.

“It is true that we received a report and [we] went there to verify what had happened. Local authorities explained that the two were sleeping in their house and, due to heavy rains, one of the walls collapsed on them and they died on the spot,” Chimphepo said.

Postmortem conducted at Koche Health Centre indicates that the two died due to injuries.


Chimphepo said the government has provided support to the deceased’s relatives to help them with burial arrangements.

Minister of Homeland Security, Nicholas Dausi, who is also responsible for Disaster Management Affairs, is expected to attend the burial ceremony.

Last week, two people were feared dead and over 176 households were affected by floods in some parts of Lilongwe

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