New villages for 10,000 flood survivors


The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) has disclosed that it is working with the Ministry of Lands to acquire a new piece of land to be occupied by close to 10,000 flood survivors who are still in evacuation camps in Nsanje and Chikwawa districts.

Commissioner for Disasters, Charles Kalemba told The Daily Times that the ministry was working on the cost of the new piece of land where the survivors would be allocated plots on which to build houses.

Kalemba has also disclosed that there is a meeting scheduled next week between Dodma and a team from Mozambique where the two sides will discuss the repatriation of Mozambicans stuck in Malawi evacuation camps.


“We cannot send them home without their government knowing. So, they will return home after those discussions. The Mozambican embassy in Malawi will be part of the meeting,” Kalemba said.

Close to 2,000 Mozambicans fled to Malawi after being affected by floods in their home country and camped in Nsanje District, which borders the former Portuguese colony.

Several flood survivors, who were pushed to evacuation camps, have been showing willingness to move out of disaster-prone locations to safer areas.


In January this year, Tropical storms Ana, which had earlier formed in the Indian Ocean made landfall in Malawi, brought heavy rains and caused floods that displaced thousands of people and killed at least 70 others.

Less than two months later, another tropical storm, Gombe, aggravated the already dire humanitarian situation in the two Shire Valley districts and at least three others.

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