Phalombe 1991 Napolo Attributed to Deforestation
PHALOMBE: Authorities in Phalombe district say they cannot rule out the massive deforestation in Michesi Mountain as the major cause for the 1991 Phalombe avalanche disaster commonly known as Napolo.
During the disaster, 100 people died, several others seriously injured while houses, crops and livestock were washed away by the flooding water from the mountain.
As the district launched this year's Forestry Season on Friday, District Commissioner Atanazio Chibwana called on people to plant as many trees as possible in the mountain and other places like village forests and along the river banks to avert future catastrophe.
“The 1991 avalanche disaster remains the biggest of all the natural calamities the district has so far experienced as 101 people were confirmed dead. As a people we can avert future disasters by planting more trees in the mountain,” said the DC
Forestry Activities Coordinator from USAID-MOBILISE Project Mr Nathaniel Nthala asked people to take care of the trees they plant.
Mr. Nthala whose MOBILISE Project financially supported the event, said the organization will continue working with the District Forestry Department in addressing deforestation in Phalombe.
A total of one million trees are expected to be planted in the district in this year's Forestry Season whose theme is “Conserve trees and forests to moderate climate change”. - Zodiak Online
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