October 1, 2020

Floods Survivors in Lower Shire Still Facing Challenges

Lower Shire floods Victims still require support

By Staff reporter

The District Commissioners for Chikwawa and Nsanje say people who have been affected by floods in the two districts are still facing numerous challenges that still require attention.

People in these two districts especially some areas in Nsanje are falling to access medical treatment due to floods whereby facilities structures have been washed away. 

Speaking to The Generation Time,  District Commissioner for Chikwawa district Ali Phiri confirmed the development saying there is need for quick interventions to move some other affected households in the district to safer areas.

Phiri said, “ Floods in Chikwawa have temporarily displaced 2,187 households mostly under tradition authorities Lundu and Ngabu”.

Nsanje district has also not been spared by the disaster.  Nsanje District Information Officer Martin Chiwanda   said about 8,000 hectors of crops have been washed away,

“Authorities in the district are yet to assess the actual damage but currently the authorities have managed to move about 7,000 people to safer areas”. Chiwanda said

He however said  authorities are working tirelessly in the district to make sure that people are safe

Nsanje District Commissioner Dagras Moffat told GT that two health facilities in Nsanje are not operating following the floods that occurred on Sunday.

A month ago, the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (MET) warned the public to brace for heavy rains that would cause floods in low-lying and flood-prone areas.

Last year, over 196 000 people were displaced and at least 56 were killed in 17 districts following heavy floods.