Provide tents to flood victims instead of using schools as evacuation centres –Officials

Education officials in Nsanje are pleading with the Department of Disaster and Preparedness to use tents instead of using schools as evacuation centres as this negatively affects education.

Malawi floods: A school becomes a home-Photo: Deborah Underdown/Concern/2015/Malawi

Malawi floods: A school becomes a home-Photo: Deborah Underdown/Concern/2015/Malawi

District Education Manager Hendrix Likeke asked the department to e fully prepared for floods by having enough tents in case the floods strike again.

The call follows heavy rains in Blantyre, the upper Shire that usually leads to flooding in Lower Shire.

Likeke however said in case the department fails to provide tents in times of flooding, the education officials have no powers to turn away flood victims, saying that would be inhumane after all, government schools are pulic places.

“What concerns us is the negative effect on education for the learners. The January floods affected the learning process very much,” he said.

He therefore said his office cannot get prepared for the floods as most of the times the circumstances are beyond the ministry of education prevention and control.

The district commissioner for Nsanje Atanazio Chibwana has since asked people who returned to low land to move back to upper land to avert the catastrophic tragedies that followed the January floods.

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Build houses for these people in upper land, you have received enough money in the name of flood victims, please release that money to help the victims,

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