Minister of homeland security has advised people living in disaster prone areas to move upland in the wake of elnino weather.
Nicholas Dausi was speaking after visiting households affected by stormy rains accompanied by strong winds in Mwanza and Chikwawa districts.
The stormy rains which occurred on 19 and 24 November affected 110 people in Chikwawa and 169 people in Mwanza.
After cheering the affected households, Dausi said government is ready to respond to disasters using funds from the unforeseen circumstances vote.
“We would like to assure people that Department of Disaster Management Affairs(DoDMA) has enough stock of emergency relief items to bail people out of climatic shocks,” said Dausi.
According to him, government will work closely with the councils and other stakeholders to assist people affected by disasters.
Speaking to YONECO FM online one of the affected persons in Mwanza Julius Kaliya said the stormy rains destroyed his property and left him homeless.
“I never expected to experience such a shock,the day rains wrecked my house and property I literally slept under a tree, I do not know where to start from luckily sympathizers have given me a place to stay”.
The relief items include 50kgs of rice, 10kg beans,20 litre buckets,1 kg salt,two blankets to mention a few.
Meanwhile,the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services has warned of heavy rains accompanied by lightning and thunder.