Chakwera donates to Chilobwe flood victims, appeals for national day of mourning

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.

Chakwera in Chilobwe

Chakwera in Chilobwe

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.

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Hotlady
Guest

Sad that pple have lost their lives in chilobwe and big up to you mr leader of opposition for visiting the victims however pple should think twice on the houses they built along the mountain where the had been told to move out longtime ago.all the guys who built their houses along soche mountain shld just move out quietly coz they gonna face another disaster.kupewa kuposa kuchiza lets not be masters of our own fate.for how long our brothers and sisters in nsanje were advised to move in the flood prone areas?

yadula
Guest

Munthu koma uyu wothandiza pamavuto tili pambuyo panu Bwana.

machete
Guest

Uuuuh achakwela Mpaka mourning day!!!! Zomwezi kufuna Ku pemenyelapo political mileage
Hold on floods are still going on,people are dying everyday and reports are confirming that Malawi will continue experiencing this weather
Koma abusa Kutha ma plan

Mbowe Mulambia
Guest

Mawu anena kuti dzanja la manna likamapereka dzanja lamazere lisaziwe atelo yehova.

Lekani
Guest

Tamangopelekani,why the noise ndi ka bag ka ufa pamene wina wadonator lorry yathunthu but kuli yi! Let the left hand do not see what the right hand has done,says the Lord.

Achi
Guest

Thats my president keep it up

Gifted Brain(GB)
Guest

A Naphtali Wamwai simunamalize!It could have sounded good mukanapitirizanso kuti ‘paudindo uliwonse munthu alinawo kaya ‘ubusa’ azionesa chikondi,not only when you become a political follower then its a good time to show one’s activeness .No .We dont want such kind of leaders here in Malawi.

Mapwiya mng'nong'ono
Guest

Abale koma Chakwela akuoneka ngati angasunge anthu,inu munthu oti sanabe nawo nthawi ya atcheya,sanabe nawo 92b,komanso sanabe 20billion koma kumathandiza choncho? Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiih m’tsogoleli koma ameneyu.

William kaunda
Guest

Abdalla, we mourn when our beloved ones die, so when more people are going to die in their coming days,we will not stop mourning.

Byokoto
Guest

National Day of Mourning? What a sick idea?

This country has far too many national holidays and we don’t need any more.

Irrespective of the calamity that has befallen us, the nation has to move on.

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