Maseko Ngonis Visit Nanchidwa Freddy Survivors

Mbemba making a symbolic distribution of relief items to the affected woman Mbemba making a symbolic distribution of relief items to the affected woman - pic by Hastings Jimani

The Maseko Ngoni Mulanje Chapter on Thursday cheered survivors of the Tropical Cyclone Freddy that are seeking shelter at Nanchidwa camp in Mulanje district.

During the visit, the group distributed food and non-food items that included maize flour, relish (dry fish), salt and cloths to the survivors.

The chapter's chairperson Laston Mbemba Dzonzi told Zodiak Online that though it has taken long from the time the cyclone hit the area, they thought it necessary to cheer the affected people.

Said Mbemba, "it will take long for these people to recover from the tragedy and we need to continue supporting them until they come out of this situation."

He said as a group, they thought life for the disaster displaced people has improved but this is not the case and he said they will mobilize more resources and come back to assist the survivors. 

While thanking the Maseko Ngoni for their support, chairperson of Nanchidwa camp Dick Austin said they are eagerly waiting for government or organizations of goodwill to construct houses for them at a safer land which they have already identified.

"We are still living in fear as to what will happen during this coming rainy season if we do not relocate to safer place before the rains, we are not safe here," said Austin.

He said the camp has a total number of 288 people and all cannot go back to their homes as their houses were completely damaged by the cyclone and government declared the area inhabitable.

Currently, only two camps are remaining in Mulanje and these are Nanchidwa and Namalinda camps at Mujiwa and Malunda villages respectively, both in Traditional Authority Njema.

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