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Lazarus Chakwera for permanent solutions to floods

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By Jameson Chauluka:

Malawi Congress Party president, Lazarus Chakwera, has called for permanent solutions to floods which wreak havoc year in, year-out in the country.

Chakwera was speaking when he visited people affected by heavy downpour and floods at Nyachikadza and Mankhokwe camp Ntowe, in Nsanje District Sunday.

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Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) says 56 people have died and 577 injured due to the heavy downpour and subsequent floods in the Southern Region.

Chakwera said Malawi has flood mitigation and adaptation plans in place but there is lack of political will from the government.

“Plans are there to reduce the impact of floods in the country but they [people at the helm] want to see people suffering so that they can come with some relief items as campaign tools,” he said.

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Among others measures, Chakwera said the country has plans to aid Shire River follow its course during floods and to build safe houses upland where affected people can seek refuge other than being in camps.

“We want people here to treat the low lying areas, which are fertile, only as business premises. Whenever the area floods, they should be in those safety homes, living with dignity and not in these camps,” he said.

During the visit, Chakwera donated maize flour and pigeon peas to over 2,000 affected families in the two camps.

“This is what we have bought with contributions which members of the party made but whatever the government is going to bring is what would be bought with the tax payers’ money,” he said.

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