VP visits disaster victims in Balaka

Written by  Limbani Chuma Ngwata

Vice President Dr Saulos Chilima on Friday 12 January 2018 visited disaster affected areas in Sub T/A Mbela in Balaka district. During the visit Dr Chilima, who is also Minister Responsible for Disaster Affairs, said government will do all it can to help those affected.

Chilima comforts one of the victims Chilima comforts one of the victims

The Vice President said climate change is among the causes of the disasters the country is experiencing. Dr Chilima said concerted efforts are needed if the country is to reduce and fight natural disasters that affect the economy of the country.

“We need measures to end disaster. As government we are very concerned, that is why I am here to represent the President and assure people of Government support,” said the Vice President.

Chilima further appealed to community members in Balaka to participate in the tree planting exercise this year as one way of reducing disasters that come due to deforestation.

On fall armyworms that have affected over 19 thousand hectares in the district, the Vice President appealed to community members to adhere to advice from agriculture experts.

He said government is aware of the problem that has affected all farmers in the country and it will make sure that those affected should not die of hunger.

During the visit, government gave relief items to disaster victims with the Vice President appealing to those involved in the distribution exercise to be transparent for the support to benefit the intended people.

In his remarks, District Commissioner for Balaka Rodrick Mateauma commended Government for quick response in helping people in Balaka as many people are in need of the assistance. He said a lot of people’s houses are affected.

On 8th January, Balaka experienced hailstorm and heavy rains that affected over 300 families. 698 houses have been damaged in the district. People’s properties have also not been spared and Makuta Primary School also collapsed.

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