Rains of terror in Malawi: Pictorial of flash floods havock in Lilongwe

Heavy rains has caused infrastructure damage to some part of Lilongwe.  Bridges at Chipasula, Kawale and Chidzanja have all been damaged as a result of the flooding. Households along the areas have been affected.

Dausi inspects the flood affected areas -Pic by Roy Nkosi
The newly constructed Kawale bridge has also been affected by the floods -Pic by Roy Nkosi
The newly constructed Kawale bridge has also been affected by the floods -Pic by Roy Nkosi
Dausi inspects the flood affected areas -Pic by Roy Nkosi
Chidzanja Bridge damaged by floods -Pic by Roy Nkosi
Dausi handover relief items to one of the affected person
Part of the damage at Chipasula bridge -Pic by Roy Nkosi (3)
Part of the damage at Chipasula bridge -Pic by Roy Nkosi

Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi on Friday visited the areas that have been affected by flash floods in Lilongwe City.

Dausi also donated some relief items to the affected households.

He observed that some of the flooding that have occurring within the city are due to human activities along the river banks.

Dausi said illegal construction of houses in the city could be one of the contributing factors which is leading to flooding almost on yearly basis.

“It sad to note that resident are even constructing their houses close to the river banks where there is a provision by city planning for a distance of 30 metre away from the river where they are supposed to construct their building,” the Minister noted.

Dausi called on Lilongwe City Council to revisit their plans to ensure that residents are adhering to the recommendedstatues of construction to avoid continued occurrences of such disasters within the city.

He pointed out that the Kawale River needs to take a naturalcourse in order to lessen such catastrophe such planning.

Dausi suggested that the course of the river needs to be looked into in the near future and LilongweCity Council should ensure that that the flow of the river should follow its natural course.

Acting Chief Executive Officer for Lilongwe City Council, Charles Kalemba said the Council is committed to enforce the law before its efforts are been hampered as a results a lot of court injunction which are been served to them.

He said that, “ as council we know that residents are not supposed to do any construction activities along the river banks but we being prevented from enforce that standing order to injunction being obtainedfrom courts restrain us from effect such provisions.”

Kalemba said the Council Disaster committee need to sit down and review their work and see how they could handle such issues in the near future.

He said the council has deplored its staff to assess the extent of damage the floods have caused and be able to mobilize relief items to affected households.

Two people are reported missing following Thursday afternoon flooding where 176 houses have been affected and 20 houses have collapsed.

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Suzgo Nyirongo
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Suzgo Nyirongo

where is the minister of public works? What is the minister of internal security doing here? and where is DODMA?

concerned citizen
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concerned citizen

From the top, look at image number eight at the washed away embankment, on the left side of the road.
It looks like no cement was used on the inside of the wall . just a few lines towards the top show that some cement was used. Do you expect such construction to withstand heavy rains?

concerned citizen
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concerned citizen

In Malawi substandard infrastructure is the norm. Those bridges on capital city roads? Kumidzi ndiye kuzimangidwa zotani.

Shack
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Shack

How do you construct bridges without support system? Busy kuba ndrama za boma! Dothi ndi tala won’t do anything!

Patrick Mbewe
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Patrick Mbewe

Ma bridge a chinyenga aphunzitsi, kutipaka chigodo anthu aziti tadya nao mpunga. Mwayalukatu. Ndalama za ma bridge mwatha kuba a pumbwa inu

J. Nkhalamba
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J. Nkhalamba

Striping of the land free of vegetation in and around the cities worsens the problem of flooding. Rain-water is not given enought time to infiltrate the soil to under ground reserviors. Instead it collects as surface run-off to cause flooding. Planting kapinga and other types of vegetation on bare lands can minimise the problem of flooding. This should be combined with construction of strong drainage canals and dams to hold water.

Azeez
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Azeez

Injunctions are vacated boss.

Creativity
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Creativity

UTM DO ALLOW YOUR PEOPLE TO BE INCARCERATED IN THEIR OWN CELL. THESE DPP THUGS MAY BE UP TO SOMETHING. JOIN OTHER INMATES. THEY MAY PUT SOMETHING TO HARM YOUR BODY. DAUSI IS A CRIMINAL TO THE CORE AND HE TAKES PRIDES IN THIS. LET PRAY THAT DPP LOSE POWER AT THE BALLOT SO THAT THIS NONSESE SHOULD END.

Creativity
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Creativity

Do not I meant

Harrison
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Harrison

There is poor Drainage system in our cities and poor workmanship. Borrow a leaf from our counterpart in Zambia. Go and visit Lusaka and see the drainage system you will appreciate. Malawi shall remain behind because there is no political will if any then for syphoning public money

raphael mseka
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raphael mseka

needs attention and suport