Heavy rains kill three in Karonga, downpours cause floods and leave hundreds homeless

Three people are reported dead while many others are left  injured and  over 2000 people are displaced in people in the areas of traditional authorities (TAs) Kilupula and Mwakaboko in Karonga District the after heavy rains battered the northern border district , officials have confirmed.

Rains have destroyed crops in Karonga
Karonga residents share meat of the livestock flooded by the downpours

The heavy rain which started on Saturday  accompanied by thunderstorm caused rivers Mpherere, Lufilya, Songwe, and North Rukuru to overflow also killed over one hundred of livestock as well as washing away thousands of hectares of crops  after it resulted into floods.

Confirming the death of a four-year old Robert Mwakiyera from Mwakyonja Village, Senior Group Village Headman (GVH) Mwenitete, said the deceased died on Monday after he failed to escape from the wrath of Lufilya River, one of the dangerous streams in Karonga that always gets flooded when it rains.

‘‘The boy failed to run away from the floods that ended up washing him away,’’ Mwenitete narrated.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that two women at Songwe from the area of TA Mwakaboko also passed away following the Tuesday floods.

District Civil Protection Committee (DCPC) for Karonga released an assessment report on Monday which indicates that over 2, 000 households from TAs Mwirang’ombe and Wasambo were heavily affected by the floods.

The DCPC team is currently verifying reports from all the five TAs in order to establish the extent of damage.

Meanwhile, two camps have been established at Kasoba Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP), and at Anglican Church in the area of GVH Mbemba, both under Traditional Authority Kyungu.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Karonga north aspiring MP Mungasulwa Mwambande gave the victims with almost K1 million in all affected villages.

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5 years ago

nzomvetsa chison

Kuala wamaka atitule uswe wina Karonga

5 years ago

Pepani a mwamwitu. Kyala atitule.

patrick mwenefumbo
patrick mwenefumbo
5 years ago

heavy rains kill three in Karonga and picture shows residents sharing meant kodi anthu akaona atha kumaganidza athuwa akugawana nyama yanji?

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