K371m Nsanje Evacuation Center Project Rolls Out
Government through the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) has pumped in K371 million for construction of a flood survivors’ evacuation center at Mchacha James in the area of Traditional Authority Mlolo in Nsanje.
Nsanje District Council Chairperson, Rose Makiyi, says a contractor is already on the site to kick start construction works expected to be completed within 60 days.
“The contractor is already on the site. Initially, we planned to start the construction works on July 1, 2022 but failed due to other unforeseen circumstances.
“So as a duty bearer, I am grateful to the government for the project because flood survivors from Makhanga and surrounding areas have no such infrastructure, forcing them to utilize school blocks in the event of emergencies, thereby disturbing learning,” explained Makiyi.
Senior Chief Mlolo has also commended the government for what she calls “being proactive in preparing for the emergencies in the event of disasters as opposed to being reactive.
“We have had no shelters which was putting government in a fix looking into issues of shelter and humanitarian support.
“I am grateful because we will have a hall. Besides, privacy will no longer be an issue of concern as we would have adequate spaces for the youths; males and females and men and women such that they will not be combined,” explained Chief Mlolo.
She further dared the government to consider “providing adequate toilets, play center and a junior primary school for the sake of kids.
She added: “The government should find lasting solutions to the disasters.”
In January, tropical storms ANA and Gombe induced floods rendered thousands of people in Nsanje homeless.