Chakwera concerned with impacts of natural disasters

President Dr Lazarus Chakwera says climate change has greatly impacted poor economies such as Malawi with various natural disasters hence the need for collective efforts in addressing such impacts.

He made the remarks Saturday at Makanjira Community Ground in Mangochi when he cheered people affected by Tropical Cyclone Freddy in the district.

The President acknowledged effects of Tropical Cyclone Freddy in most parts of the Southern Region, including Mangochi, saying humanitarian assistance has delayed in reaching those areas due to bad road conditions.

Chakwera told the people that before the cyclone struck, government was already planning to improve road network in Makanjira but the plans will be affected due to the impact of the cyclone as the country is, currently, focused on providing humanitarian assistance.

He has assured the people of Namavi, Makanjira and Lulanga of government’s obligation to reach them with humanitarian assistance with speed.

“Let’s unite and respond to effects of the cyclone. Let us ensure collective responsibility without discrimination,” he said.

Senior Chief Makanjira said 846 households were affected in Traditional Authorities Makanjira and Lulanga with 449 households driven from their respective homes into five camps of Mkukuta, Lugola, Chiwinga, Njelenje and Chiphoole which has, among them, pregnant and lactating mothers, under five children, the disabled and the elderly.

The Senior Chief, therefore, asked government and other humanitarian agents as well people and organisations of goodwill to assist the affected population with food and other basic needs.

He also called on government to respond to the lean period with food saying people in Makanjira and Lulanga, who have been cut off after the cyclone rendered the areas impassable, were food insecure due to unfavourable weather conditions.

“We are cut off from the mainland. Please assist us as soon as possible,” he said.

According Mangochi District Council, Tropical Cyclone Freddy induced rains and winds has, in various ways including loss of life, crops, houses and livestock, affected 17,949 households translating to 76,664 people.

The district has recorded six deaths while 14,454 were forced into 38 camps across.

Apart from Makanjira, President Chakwera visited Malombe to appreciate the impact of the cyclone.

By Evance Chisiano-Mana


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