Govt Blamed For Poor Drainage Systems

A bridge in Kawale Lilongwe A bridge in Kawale Lilongwe

Poor and absent drainage systems are being blamed for increased and perennial cases of flooding in Lilongwe city where, for example, public and private property was destroyed following stormy rains last night.

A visit to some of the areas in Lilongwe has revealed that the Tuesday evening rains have caused damage.

Mchesi, Biwi, Kawale, Chipasula, Chilinde, and Kaliyeka are some of the areas that have been affected.

As you walk in the streets of these areas one can tell that the rains have indeed caused damage. Part of Chiwoko School has been demolished, and this morning the main Bridge at Shareworld which connects kAwale and mchesi was blocked due to the rains, forcing motorists to use alternative routes.

One of the residents we spoke to, Kenneth Kumwembe, accuses government of rendering a blind eye to the degenerating city drainage system and increasing soil erosion due to this.

Kumwembe's compound was flooded last night, destroying property and he also highlighted that this is a problem that started in 2016.

Last night heavy rains demolished houses and blocked roads. An official estimate of those affected is yet to be given but hundreds have been rendered destitute.

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Last modified on Wednesday, 05/01/2022

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