President Peter Mutharika on Thursday visited district to inspect damage caused by flooding over the past week as rescue and relief efforts continue in the surrounding villages.
The road to the district is lined with barely-standing houses and dry river banks that have been significantly eroded by the floods.
Mutharika, who last week declared a state of national disaster, has been inspecting relief efforts in the southern region.
He has since stressed the need for Malawi to devise a new disaster policy that would help reduce damage and expedite rescue operations once the country is faced with calamities.
Among others, the Malawi leader said the policy would explain the reallocation process of communities living in places marked as disaster prone areas.
He, however, said the reallocation would not be compulsory, but that those in the affected areas would ‘only be advised to relocate’.
On the aftermath of the recent floods, Mutharika said government was still assessing the impact and that he would be meeting relevant officials to map the way forward after the assessment is concluded.
Mutharika then assured those in camps that Lilongwe was doing everything possible to have them repatriated, but indicated that it would take a little longer for those whose houses were completely destroyed.
President Mutharika has since commended the many Non-governmental Organizations helping the flood victims across the country.
Relief group AMRA spokesman Ahmed Jakura says some people still remain isolated in areas where they have provided relief packs.
“The situation is quite dire. There are some totally water-logged areas and totally water-logged trading centres. Life as normal has totally been ground to a halt.”Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :