Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera on Saturday visited over 200 flood victims in Chilobwe Township and donated 30 50kg bags of maize to them as they cope up with various challenges resulting from the devastating floods that hit the area on Tuesday.
Heavy rains caused havoc across the country, and besides killing at least 50 particularly in the southern region, they also washed away countless household items. About 2000 people were left homeless.
The affected families, currently being camped at Chimwankhunda Primary School, require kitchen utensils, clean water, blankets, clothes and medical supplies, among others.
The MCP leader also visited several families who lost their loved ones after being washed away by the floods.
Chakwera then appealed and called on Malawi leader and the faith community to call for a national day of mourning as one way of comforting the affected families, especially those lost their relations.
“I came not only to appreciate the situation, but also give them some relief items. I also came to pray with them so that God should comfort them.
“I have also appealed to the President to call for a national day of mourning ; let’s be there a national of mourning so that those who lost their loved ones can be accorded opportunity to mourn their relations diligently,” said Chakwera after offering benediction to the affected families.
He then advised that the maize should be given to all flood victims regardless of their political affiliations.
Chakwera further hailed government, non-governmental organizations, UN agencies and World Vision for providing support to the flood victims.
The floods were fuelled by rolling waters that had originated from the highly deforested Soche Hill following three days of persistent storm rains that hit most parts of the country, mainly in the southern region.
They washed away about 15 houses built over a three-kilometer perimeter in the township.
President Peter Mutharika declared Malawi a State of disaster following the floods that have claimed over 50 lives nationwide.
About 15 districts including Karonga, Zomba, Machinga, Rumphi, Mangochi, Nsanje, Chikwawa, Salima and Mulanje have been affected due to the floods that have also damaged some road infrastructures as bridges.
Government need about K5 billion for the relief phase of the floods.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :