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Lazarus Chakwera wants serious action on disasters

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Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president, Lazarus Chakwera, has said there is need to find lasting solutions to disasters.

The Leader of Opposition in Parliament made the call on Sunday after visiting victims of floods that hit some parts of Lilongwe City on Saturday.

“The damage is extensive. You can look at several issues that are there. The bridges, the standards… Engineering of such [kind] leaves a lot to be desired. So there are a number of issues that need to be looked into. Most of these things are recurring. We need to be doing things differently,” he said.

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The floods, which occurred on Saturday, affected Area 24, Area 22, Kaliyeka, Kawale and Mchesi in Lilongwe.

Chakwera said he would remind officials at the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) to speed the process of assisting the affected people.

“We would be reminding them to really speed up things, because everywhere I have been to, we do not really know what is going to happen tomorrow. At one place, we were told that bodies were removed from rubble,” Chakwera said.

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Six people were confirmed dead and over 1,000 were rendered homeless following overflowing of Mchesi River on Saturday.

As of Monday, according to Dodma spokesperson Chipiliro Khamula, 10 people were injured while others are still missing and are feared dead.

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