Chiradzulu District Council Faces Resistance to Relocate Cyclone Freddy Survivors

The Red Cross has so far sourced over 600 million kwacha to construct about 88 houses The Red Cross has so far sourced over 600 million kwacha to construct about 88 houses - pic by Lloyd Chitsulo

Chiradzulu district council has disclosed that it is facing some resistance to relocate some cyclone Freddy survivors from Mtauchira Village which was almost buried by the mudslides early this year.

The 59 survivors are currently being housed at Chanza primary school camp in the area and are expected to be moved to Mikolongwe veterinary farm in the district where about 15 hectors of land have been allocated for them to be constructed the permanent houses.

District commissioner for Chiradzulu Francis Matewere told Zodiak Monday that the council recently conducted a social impact assessment to ascertain the people's willingness to relocate whose preliminary findings indicate that the survivors are afraid of losing their basic social amenities such as farm land.

“Some of them have been coming to our office claiming that some well-wishers have assisted them to find a piece of land which they would want such houses to be constructed for them. Much as we would not stop them to find their own place but as a council we would have loved all them to be moved to one place for safety reasons”, said Matewele.

Village Headman Mtauchira of the area where about 331 households were completely washed away by the cyclone Freddy induced floods killing about 13 people with 17 others still missing has equally expressed worry with his people’s reluctance.

Meanwhile Communications and Humanitarian Specialist for the Malawi Red Cross, Felix Washoni whose organization has already started constructing about four houses for the cyclone Freddy survivors in the area says only those who are willing to be relocated will be prioritised in its housing construction project.

The Red Cross has so far sourced over 600 million kwacha to construct about 88 houses for the cyclone Freddy survivors in the three districts of Chiradzulu, Zomba and Phalombe.

Former Presidents Bakili Muluzi and Joyce Banda as goodwill ambassadors for the cyclone Freddy survivors have been sourcing funds for the construction of houses for the cyclone Freddy survivors across the country.

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