CSOs ask govt to relocate residents along Chipasula river in Lilongwe

Officials from Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) have asked the government to relocate residents who live along Chipasula river in Lilongwe.

Affected kids by floods clearing the mud from their houses.(C) Govati Nyirenda (2)

The HRDC officials dead this after they visited residents who were affected when the river burst its banks recently, forcing the residents to lose their property.

Timothy Mtambo, chairperson of HRDC said it is costly to help those affected by the floods year in year out during the rainy season.

“Disasters are better avoided than managed. It is very expensive to manage disasters,” said Mtambo.

Deputy chairperson of HRDC Gift Trapence said he was impressed with the rehabilitation works of Kawale bridge which was washed away when the capital city flooded due to heavy rains.

He said the government should always ensure that constructors build strong and long lasting bridges.

Over 500 families were affected by the flooding waters which destroyed houses and other property in Kawale, Biwi, Chipasula and area 22 among other areas.

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3 years ago

Sometimes it is best to tackle the root cause of the problem namely, illegal settlements in unplanned areas.

3 years ago
Reply to  Kampa

should government reward people who settle in prohibited areas? I do not agree, next thing we hear everyone settling along rivers. Malawians need to learn to be responsible

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