Vice-President Saulos Chilima has said there is need to address recurrent floods in the country.
Chilima was speaking in Phalombe District yesterday when he visited 329 households affected by floods in Traditional Authority Kaduya in the district.
Chilima said it was sad that some parts of the country experience floods every year, adding that resources channelled towards disaster response could be used to develop the country.
“We have seen that a road from Migowi coming here requires maintenance. Group Village Head Mpinga has also said Namphende River, which caused the floods, needs some dredging and redirection. This is important and has to be done but the money would have been used towards upgrading that road,” Chilima said.
Among other measures, Chilima touted the Malata Subsidy Programme, saying it would go a long way in helping people construct houses which can withstand floods.
He also encouraged communities to plant trees along rivers.
Out of the 329 households which have been affected, members of 68 households have been displaced and are camping at Phaloni Primary School.
Benita Gunda, one of the displaced people at the camp, asked for more support, saying most of the victims lost everything to the floods.
“The floods came at night. We ran with nothing, except our lives, to this school. We just thank God that no life was lost but it was terrible,” Gunda said.
Gunda concurred with Mpinga that Namphende River, which caused the havoc, had to be dredged if people in the area are to be safe from floods.
During the visit, Chilima donated bags of maize, plastic bags, plastic sheets, plates and cups to the flood victims.
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