Petroleum Importers Limited (PIL) has urged victims of floods in Mzuzu to explore other means of sustaining themselves other than depending on hand outs.
PIL General Manager Enwell Kadango made the appeal on Friday when the company donated various relief items worth K10 million to the victims.
“Apart from the items we have brought, PIL saw it befitting to assist with a starter pack for the affected households to go back and start their lives all over again,” said Kadango.
Apart from the material donation, the company gave K15, 000 cash to each household affected by the floods.
Director of Disaster Response and Recovery in the Department of Disaster Management Affaires, Scholastica Chidyaonga commended the company for the donation.
“As a long term plan, we are planning of relocating people in flood prone areas as well as providing land to the victims to settle. It becomes easy in rural setting because land is readily available, but in cities like Mzuzu it really becomes a challenge for us to identify the land,” She said.
Mzuzu City Council Deputy Mayor, Frazer Chunga, while commending PIL for the donations, advised beneficiaries to make proper use of the donated items.
“These items are meant to assist you, so we should never see or hear someone selling them. With the cash and the plastic papers given to you, we can construct a temporally hut to accommodate us temporarily as we look for other resources to reconstruct our houses as the rains have stopped,” said Chunga.
One of the beneficiaries at Old Jehovah Witness camp in Chibavi West, Glory Kumwenda, said she lost everything during the disaster and her house collapsed completely. The floods displaced about 2771 households, according to Mzuzu City Council.
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