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    CHAKWERA CHEERS NKHOTAKOTA FLOOD VICTIMS

    Malawi leader, Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera on Thursday visited Nkhotakota to inspect the level of damage following devastating floods earlier in the week. The President assured the affected families that his government is committed enough to support them in all manner possible.

    The Malawi leader condoled families that have lost their beloved ones to the gushing waters in the affected areas.

    Chakwera concluded his visit by touring some makeshift relief camps which have been erected to provide temporary shelter to those that have been rendered with on place of abode.

    In his remarks, Chakwera lamented about the huge debt left by the previous administration which has been compounded further as a result of the various natural disasters which have destroyed several things including food, houses, businesses, human resource and other valuable assets.

    “Our country’s economy is already crippled because of the huge borrowing the previous administrations made.

    “It’s very sad therefore natural disasters should be taking even the little resources we. The disasters have swept away our food and other valuable properties, leaving enterprising families and businesspeople poorer,” lamented Chakwera.

    President Chakwera also appealed to both local and international organizations to marshal resources towards restoration of the livelihood statuses of the affected families. Chakwera made such an appeal in view of the fact that the government alone might not have enough resources to address all problems coming as a result of such disasters.

    He discouraged the behaviour of some people who are not affected as such but intrude in the camps with an aim to benefit from handouts meant for victims.

    In his remarks, the Minister of Local Government Hon Richard Chimwendo Banda requested the government to consider giving affected business persons some new loans from the National Economic Empowerment Fund (NEEF). He even pleaded with the government to review repayment modalities for the loans that some flood victims are yet to pay.

    Malawi, like most SADC countries, recently experienced prolonged dry spell, spanning almost one month, and the rains have resumed just a week ago, unfortunately, accompanied by heavy thunderstorms resulting in flooding in some parts of the country, mostly Nkhotakota, Karonga and Mangochi districts.  In Nkhotakota, it is sad that floods have claimed at least seven lives and destroying several houses and other properties.

     

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