Mutharika promises construction of dykes to counter floods in Malawi

President  Peter Mutharika has promised Malawians that government would construct more dykes in flood prone areas to avoid reoccurrence of disasters.

Mutharika waves to people at Nyambadwe
Mutharika presents relief items to flood affected people in Ndirande at Nyambadwe

He was speaking on Saturday at Nyambadwe Primary School ground when he donated various items to people affected by disaster.

Mutharika said the recent floods were as a result of climate change, hence the need for more and long lasting dykes.

“Since the floods occurred, my government has been looking for a solution to end such effects of climate change and one such idea is the construction of dykes across the districts to avoid a repeat of such incidents,” the President said.

He commended the South African government which  has deployed a 25-member medical team to support Malawi in treating people affected by floods.

The team arrived on Saturday through Chileka International Airport in Blantyre and has so far treated people in Chikwawa District, one of the worst hit.

The team is also transporting humanitarian support to hard-to-reach areas using their helicopter.

Mutharika expressed his gratitude towards the Chinese and American Government for the support rendered to Malawi in supporting affected households.

The President said government would continue rendering more support to all flood victims in the country, citing relief food that will be distributed in the next three months until people recover from the tragedy.

“I and the First Lady, we will donate our personal money and 1, 000 blankets to some flood victims any day from today,” he promised adding that, “In fact, the consignment has already arrived at Sanjika Palace.”

Mutharika assured affected households that government would ensure that all those who were left homeless with the floods benefit from the Decent and Affordable Housing Subsidy Programme popularly known as Malata and Cement Subsidy.

The Malawi leader  sent his heartfelt condolences to families who have lost their loved ones in the recent road accident which happened at Linthipe in Dedza on Saturday as well as at Kampepuza open market in Ntcheu on Friday by ordering a minute of silence in honour of the departed souls.

One of the floods survives in Ndirande, who lost a child; Maria Chikaphonya thanked the President and the First Lady for their support.

Blantyre City Council Chief Executive Officer, Alfred Chanza said more than 52, 000 people have been affected in Blantyre City alone.

Among the items donated by the President in Ndirande included rice, blankets, maize flour, buckets, salt and plastic sheets.

President Mutharika declared a State of National Disaster following the disaster that hit hard 15 of the country’s 28 districts and killed 56 people in the country. The number of affected districts has since reached 17.

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Yaphama
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Yaphama

Maliseche ur time it’s almost over agogo , but Neva mind we’ll send u to old age homes

phakamani mahlambi
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magogo tsopano??? nyasalande sungamumvetse!!!

President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
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President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza

No time for dykes. I have watched the msonkhano of Chimulirenji in Zomba. Last time DPP had chikoka not now. Mind you DPP better start packing otherwise you are no gonna win and expect to build a dyke or any substandard zitukuko.

ndele
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ndele

stinking old cow with packs,sacks, full of lies. you continuing lyiing to us with no shame. time to rest and let this queen professor dr getrude nurse your shrinking arms. old goat.fed up with your nyusasi

Jyamani alisinde
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Jyamani alisinde

Tsopano president akugawa ma plastic sheets kuti anthu amange nyumba za udzu?

mtete
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mtete

I no longer take him seriously. He’s made too many promises which haven’t been fulfilled. Didn’t skc condemn one dyke constructed on DPP watch?

Zobanduka
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DPP wants to build same substandard Dykes as those that bwanja Chilima cautioned????

Favour of Yahweh
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What do you mean Chilima cautioned. What was his responsibility when he cautioned it. Who did he caution? Sometimes Other people think as chickens. Have you forgotten that when he cautioned he was on duty visiting those areas. Did he ask the contractors to do something. We shouldn’t forget that even if we had strong dykes, Mother Nature cannot be stopped. America, rich in all do experience this cyclones and property and lives are lost. Wake up from your sleep.

Maki
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Maki

Dykes like those anamanga Ku Nsanje, hahahaha!

Trump
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Trump

Will two months be enough for you to construct the said dykes? The country goes to the polls shortly, so when do you think you will carry out those plans? Surely you don’t think you’ll be re-elected now, do you? Oh, Mr President. You’re deluding yourself that Malawians will vote for you!

Favour of Yahweh
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Those are your wishes. Be it be known to you that he is the only candidate that have potential and he is going to win. Hate him but he will still continue to rule.

chejumo
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chejumo

Ma dyke mukunena mizera ya mbata ija munalima ku Nsanje? Koma mkulu muli serious ndi dzikoli?