There was a sigh of relief on the faces of Nyambadwe and Ndirande flood victims when they received relief items for the first time since the disaster hit them.
Department of Disaster Management Affairs donated maize flour, beans and sugar through the Blantyre City Council to victims from Nyambadwe and Ndirande – Gamulani Wards.
At least 44 out of 268 families in Nyambadwe Ward and 50 out of over 300 families in Gamulani Ward benefited from this first consignment. Each family received 20 Kgs of maize flour, one packet of beans and one packet of sugar.
Apart from the two Wards, victims from Matope and Makata Wards were also given the same quantities of the relief items.
Gamulani Community Development Committee chairperson Kassim Makwinja said although the items would make a difference, there was need for more considering the number of the affected families.
Ndirande Gamulani Ward Councillor Bosco Banda could not hide his excitement saying people could not believe that they reported the disaster to authorities in the absence of any help.
Said Banda: “We are now relieved because these relief items are a testimony that we reported the disaster to the Council. We reported about this disaster a long time ago and with passing of time, people started doubting us.”
On his part, Councillor Leonard Chibade praised government for coming to the rescue of the people in their wards saying a friend is known during times like these.
The Council’s Administration Officer Andrian Mpinganjira pleaded with the recipients not to sell the relief items as was the case in other areas.
Mpinganjira also assured the people that the Council is aware that the relief items are not enough and pledged to continue mobilizing resources to reach out to many victims.