Oxfam has donated assorted items worthy K30 million to flood survivors in Mulanje. Among the items, there were Water guard, buckets and Sanitary parks for women.
Oxfam Humanitarian Coordinator Agness Banda said the donation is part of a 200 million Water Sanitation and hygiene program the organization has embarked on to enhance hygiene in the areas affected.
“During the period of floods, water borne diseases are usually rampant and this is one way to make sure that those who are displaced by the floods are protected,” he said.
Over 4 thousand families affected by heavy rains in Mulanje district are at risk of contracting water borne diseases, health officials have confirmed.
This follows blockage and contamination of water sources by flooding waters from the heavy rains.
A media tour conducted by Charity organization OXFAM at Nthulu, Nokwe and Kambenje areas in the district disclosed most people are still seeking refuge in primary schools after their houses were damaged by heavy rains.
The schools are usually clouded by people and rainfall remains the major source of clean water in the camps.
Experts have warned this development places the people at high risk of contracting various water borne diseases such as Cholera.