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Lockdown unsettles flood survivors

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By Patience Lunda:

Some flood survivors who are currently in camps in Karonga District have expressed concern over the impending lockdown, saying they might be affected by hunger during the period.

Over 10,000 households were affected by floods in Karonga District this year.

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Close to 2,500 households are in 15 camps which were established in four Traditional Authorities in the Northern Region lakeshore district.

The survivors said they are yet to recover from the effects of the floods and appealed to the government to put in place interventions to help them during the 21-day lockdown.

They made the remarks when Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) assisted them with K20 million for renovating houses that were destroyed by the disasters.

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One of the survivors, Mercy Mughogho, a widow, said she was not aware of the lockdown.

“I am even hearing from you about this lockdown. I don’t know anything. How will I survive in the 21 days? I am a widow and finding food is a big challenge for me. I have five children and it will not be easy for me,” she said.

Another survivor, Petros Sichali, said he depends on food donations to survive.

But speaking after the donation, MRCS president, Levison Changole, said his organisation aims at improving the well-being of people, hence he supported the suggestion that part of the money can be used to buy basic household needs.

“These people are homeless, that is why we decided to give them monetary support so that they can rebuild their destroyed homes. Of course, we know they also have other basic needs due to the displacements which is why we are advising them to use the money properly,” he said.

MRCS is targeting 484 households in the exercise.

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