Over 230 families homeless in Phalombe after stormy rains

About 233 families have been left destitute after a violent rainstorm destroyed their houses in Phalombe district, police have confirmed.

Rains chaos in Phalombe

Rains chaos in Phalombe

House destoryed with rainy storm

House destoryed with rainy storm

On Tuesday December 15th, the district experienced a downpour accompanied by strong winds, leaving over one thousand people homeless.

About 12 people including children were injured by the violent rainstorm which affected families from the villages of Likhura, Muraviwa, Wowo, Muruwese, Mavikhuwa, Muhura, Degadega and Nomanda, all under T/A Nkhulambe in the district.

Phalombe police Public Relations Officer, August Nkhwazi told Nyasa Times 12 people were rushed to Nkhulambe Health Centre where they were treated as out patients.

”Among those injured are six children. Most of the victims sustained head injuries as a result of the impact of the falling rooftops and bricks,” explained Nkhwazi.

Meanwhile, the families have sought refuge at Nanyowa Primary School in the same and are in great need of assistance as their houses, household and other property were destroyed by the stormy rains.

In the past two years, heaving flooding and rainstorms have left hundreds of Malawians dead, thousands of acres of crops flattened and millions of Kwachas worth of houses and household property destroyed.

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11 thoughts on “Over 230 families homeless in Phalombe after stormy rains”

  1. Machecheta says:

    The frequency and severity of the extreme event in Malawi has indeed been on the rise. We have been experiencing these events for the past few decades. It is unfortunate that we seem to have learnt too little from the past disasters. I totally agree with those who feel that Malawi should by now been a country that is resilient to disasters. To be resilient is to be able to:
    1. Adapt to all forms of disasters (floods, drought, cyclones, armyworm…etc)
    2. Plan (contingency plans, contingency funding)
    3. Respond (be able to respond once disasters strike) NOT ALWAYS WAITING FOR DONORS
    4. Recover (our strategies should be robust enough to enable the; the systems, communities, and households to regain and even improve their original function)

    Its time the government should develop policies that will enable Malawians to Build Better. We need RESILIENT infrastructure within the communities (houses, school blocks, roads, bridges etc). Lets think of mechanisms of controlling the flooding water, including the Shire River. It has been long enough we have allowed the flooding waters control us! God gave us a responsibility to manage the other natural resources, a responsibility we are failing to fulfil. Other countries in Europe have bigger rivers than the Shire, but they have managed them to an extent that they are no longer a hazard to people. Shire river should not be a hazard to us, it should not make us vulnerable. It should be an important natural capital to us improve our livelihoods.
    Some of the disasters we’ve termed to be ‘natural disasters’ are actually ‘man made’. Lets critically think about it. What we want to say sometimes is that ‘nature is fighting against nature’. Floods negatively impacting on the livelihoods of people and their assets, all of them are within the natural domain.
    I want to humbly request the government to seriously start acting on those policies and plans (the NAPAs and NAMAs) that will make Malawi a Resilient Country.

  2. Dzuwalinyenya Mdimausaka says:

    Malawians have been reduced to “nobodies”. We have reached a point where we can not even plant a tree, waiting for western funding to buy seedlings. Where is the discipline my Malawi?
    If deforestation is indeed a problem, why do we wait for cameras to be set for us to plant a tree. If every family really planted just 2 trees each year from 1994 we could have been in another forest. We wait for NGOs to come and tell us the importance of trees, adverse effects of overpopulation, good agricultural practices; seriously?

    Unless we stop joking and be strict on things that matter most, we will be facing these challenges each and every year. However, this situation can be redeemed. All we need is to be disciplined again.

    DEMOCRACY IS KILLING MALAWI!

  3. Tengupenya says:

    While criticizing our moral performance, let us do something for the victims as a community. Grid or nature may be punishing us, but there are people in need.

  4. Tengupenya says:

    Family values have been thrown to the wind. Lust and real need for money is at the core of many of the social iniquities. Partners, especially women with huge responsibilities but who have hubbies or partners who are short of money or are stingy with money are hunting gold from loose men with spare cash., as a matter of course. As you cannot hold a cooking pot on one stone (fuwa li modzi), so too you cannot shoulder big responsibility with only one partner. Promiscuity is an easy means to getting that extra cash.

  5. kwalewera Zinyemba says:

    I would like to agree with the watchman that Malawi need to humble herself. There so many ills we need to repent from. Imagine even our leaders are not keen to mention God in their speaches, how do we expect God to be on our side? Hence calamities of diffetent sorts are happenning to warn us and yet we can not register it, The recent case of allowing same sex practices to freely be done is another cause for Gods wrath.

  6. the watchman says:

    ndimanena kawiri-kawiri kuti tisamamuyese udyo yehova.

    this past year alone, malawians have…

    hunted albinos,

    killed an acb director,

    commited homosexual acts,

    raped, abducted and sold children as young as 3 yrs (balaka crimes)

    fornicated with other peoples wives and daughters (zinziri traders and olemekezekas)

    eaten millions of cashgate dollars,

    removed innocent people’s private parts,

    followed false prophets,

    forgotten about linda gasa and robert chasowa,

    shared tractors and prados amongst bige-biges and made poor people pay for them,

    increased tarrifs on invisible water and non-existent electricity,

    stoppeed feeding the sick, starving and poor taxpayer in hospitals, the same one whose tax is stolen every year,

    stolen essential drugs from the central medical stores and sold them to already rich private clinic owners,

    sold fake and poisonous medicines to the masses (as per zbs investigative report 2 wks ago)

    (feel free to add other sins)

    now my fellow malawians, if this level of evil can happen in only 12 months, can GOD really have mercy on us or are we just asking for HIS wrath? let HIS will be done. slowly, one by one, and in HIS own time, this country will be cleansed of its sins and sinners.

    the watchman is watching…

  7. zimkambani says:

    Our priorities are upside down. We should invest in production and not otherwise. Since floods took the tore no production of food has been done. Now this is another crisis and more is yet to come. When are we going to learn as Malawians to handle crisis situations? Wake up Malawi and let us learn how to deal with our problem. Do not look to the West for this. Our tax payers money is able to handle this crisis. We are able.

  8. zimkambani says:

    Ife wokhulupirira Mulungu pali mau onena kuti Pakuti Mulungu anakonda dziko lapansi kotero anapatsa Mwana wake wobadwa yekha kuti yense wokhulupirira Iye asatayike koma akhale nawo moyo wosatha. Vuto ndi munthu amene amawona ngati siwolengedwa ndipo ali mbali ya dziko lapansi. Iye amadziwerengera ngati Mulengi nchifukwa akuwononga chilengedwe powotcha makala ndi zina zotere. Munthuwe dzichepetse ndikuyambiranso kusunga ndi kusamalira chilengedwe

  9. Chikwerete says:

    Mavotavota you put the devil as president Mulungu akukantheni a Malawi ndithu especially from Thyolo, Phalombe, Mulanje and all districts in the south who voted for Mathanyula. You are being punished for voting on basis of wakwathu. Tiwone momwe ikuthandizireni mbava yanuyi.

  10. Munyalika says:

    pititsani malata ndi cement zomwe zija

  11. The Analyst says:

    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
    Some of these disasters serve to remind us that we have . . .
    . . . overly multiplied as a people hence , , ,
    . . . for so long destroyed nature by carelessly cutting down trees for settlement and/or cultivation; the same trees that used to act as a wind break.
    Just look around you! What do you see now of the places that used to boast of deep glory of oodles of shadows of forests?
    . . . We have long lost touch with mother nature. Its high time we reconciled with it; otherwise more of such events, in many of our areas, we should expect. And to be displaced from the place you find comfort from and call home, is just something else.
    . . . You can try to imagine it now! Will cost you nothing! Its no laughing matter, I can promise you!
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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