Government says persistent rains are hampering efforts to deliver relief items to close to 1000 families displaced by the rains.
Department of Disaster and Preparedness in the office of the vice president spokesperson Jeremiah Mphande said Monday 97 houses have since collapsed since the onset of the El Nino powered rains a week ago.
“We have 958 families we need to reach out with relief items but we are unable to reach most if these families because the roads are impassable and we know these familoies are suffering,” said Mphande.
He said so far the government has reached out 600 families on its rescue and relief efforts.
Mzuzu City Councils have confirmed the death of six persons including four chikdren and.
A woman after a house fell on them due to the raging rains.
Meanwhile, President Peter Mutharika has consoled families of eight people who died after floods terror.
The heavy rains have also been haunting Karonga residents with latest statistics indicating that about 1 000 households comprising some 5 000 people are displaced so far.
In a message posted on his Facebook, Mutharika asked Malawians to commit through prayers the souls of the deceased.
He wrote: “Let us continue praying for our brothers and sisters who have been affected by destructive floods in Karonga District and Mzuzu City townships of Chibavi, Chibanja, Masasa, Salisbury Line, Ching’ambo and Hill Top.
“May we commit through prayer the souls of those who have departed from amongst us into God’s hands for peaceful rest. In addition to prayer, let us also extend a helping hand to those who have lost their loved ones and property.”
The President said he was following the events with keen interest and had instructed government officials responsible for disaster management to be vigilant so that the affected are assisted accordingly.
About nine houses in Mzuzu, mostly situated in steep areas, were washed away by the raging rain water trapping and killing their occupants.
The rains are reported to be the worst since 2008 and most
prone areas in the city are still under siege plunging the people into worsening destitution.
Last year’s floods left some 106 people dead and 173 000 others displaced across the country with Nsanje being the worst hit district followed by Chikwawa.
In another development, the Vice President Dr. Saulosi Chilima in his capacity as Minister for Disaster Management Affairs, will travel to Mzuzu Tuesday to visit flood affected areas.