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Rains wreak havoc in Lilongwe

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By Audrey Kapalamaula:

Heavy rains have destroyed property in seven townships in Lilongwe leaving some people homeless.

According to a preliminary report on the assessment being conducted by Lilongwe City Council to establish the extent of the damage of Thursday’s flash floods, 109 households (approximately 600 people) have been affected around Kaliyeka alone.

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“Heavy rains that fell for over three hours in the afternoon of Thursday, January 10 2019, caused flash floods which have affected Biwi, Area 22, Kaliyeka, Chipasula, Mchesi, Kawale and Area 36 in Lilongwe City,” reads the update on the flash floods on Department of Disaster Management Affairs’ Facebook page.

A visit to the areas by Malawi News Friday revealed that the heavy rains also destroyed crop fields and parts of Chipasula, Chidzanja and Kawale bridges.

The rains have also damaged some water board pipes that passed through the bridges.

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An eye witness Christopher Mapila said, due to flash floods, some households were seen being submerged in the water

“When the rains started, we thought it was for a short period but it kept pouring and then the other side of Kaliyeka was flooded. A lot of houses having been affected rendering many homeless,” he said.

Most of the affected households are those located along river banks.

As we went to press, officials from Ministry of Transport and Public Works and Dodma were visiting the affected areas.

Last year, the area was also affected by the heavy rains rendering hundreds of people homeless and destroyed crop fields.

Ministry of Transport and Public Works and Dodma are yet to assess the extent of the damage.

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