DODMA Says Cyclone Here to Stay
The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA) has conceded that climatic hazards, like cyclones, dry spells and heavy rainfall have come to stay.
Speaking at the launch of a Zomba District National Resilience Strategy Implementation Plan at Pirimiti, Deputy Director for Resilience at DODMA Hastings Mwanjoka said if history is a good teacher the country anticipates dry spells and more damaging rainfall ahead.
"During the 2022/2023 lean season food response, up to 3.8 million needed food. In the 2021 to 2022, 1.6 million people were supported; and in 2020 to 2021 season 2.6 million people were projected food insecure.
"This has been the trend year in and year out, and things only appear to be getting worse following the growing exposure to cyclones and floods," Mwanjoka said.
Chairperson for Zomba District Council, Councillor Baster Chirwa called on all stakeholders to join hands in fighting disasters of all forms.