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Floods Projection Stirs Panic in Nsanje

Nsanje was one of worst flood hit districts Nsanje was one of worst flood hit districts - file photo

Traditional leaders in Nsanje’s most flood prone areas have vowed to push their subjects to move away from disaster prone areas ahead of imminent floods this rainy season as projected by weather experts.

Both Traditional Authority Nyachikadza and Senior Chief Mlolo have admitted that most of their subjects moved back to low lying areas hence could yet again face serious consequences of floods.

They say would utilize the 2022-2023’s seasonal climate outlook to ensure their subjects are safe from imminent floods as the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services projects normal to above normal rainfall.

“You know disasters affect the state, chiefs as custodians of the people and the people themselves.

“We thank the Government for moving in swiftly to lure people in disaster prone areas to move to places where they would be safe in the event of disasters.

“We also thank the Department of Climate Change and Meteoroidal Services for the timely forecast which is critical in safeguarding lives of people,” explained Senior Chief Mlolo.

She confirmed that a huge number of her subjects have gone back to the low-lying areas.

“Those who were seeking shelter at Osiyana camp for example have gone back to their respective homes this means they may face another danger.

“As a Chief, my duty is to provide them a piece of land on which they can relocate to for safety, I have a duty to ensure their lives and property are safe.”

On his part, Traditional Authority Nyachikadza, is also in support of such a move.

“My people are still in flood prone areas, it’s their land which they depend on for survival. They cultivate on that land.

“However, I implore them to move upland for safety when the rains start, " said Nyachikadza.

According to a projection by the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services, the country may experience LaNina conditions which would enhance rains in Southern Africa which may include Southern Malawi.

Nsanje and Chikwawa districts were hugely affected by this year’s tropical storms ANA and GOMBE induced floods, some lives and property worth millions was lost in the process. 

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