Floods Kill One, Distress 2,000 Families in Karonga

Floods: Karonga devastated Floods: Karonga devastated pic by Adams Undaninge

A person has been killed in floods that swept him down stream in Karonga while close to 2,000 families have been left homeless.

The floods follow a heavy downpour which has been pouring for the past two days.

District Commissioner for Karonga, Paul Kalilombe, told Zodiak Online that the flood victims are in dire need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

He said almost all the families have lost their crop fields and household property.

“We want to appeal to Malawians of goodwill and non-governmental organizations to swiftly intervene by providing relief food, tents and water treatment chemicals to prevent them from contracting waterborne diseases,” said Kalilombe.

Kalilombe also added that officials from the council are currently on the ground conducting an assessment in all the affected areas adding that the council has five evaluation camps.

Last year the World Bank through Malawi Emergency Floods Recovery Project pumped in K254 million towards the construction of a dyke but the contractor only managed to cover 4.5kms out of the required 6.5kms.

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