APM visits Machinga, Zomba flood victims: extends housing subsidy program

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President Arthur Peter Mutharika on Thursday visited flood victims in Machinga and Zomba districts, where among interventions, he announced that the Decent Housing and Subsidy Program will be used in the victims’ rebuilding process.

APM presents relief items to the families affected by foolds at Namatamba primary school in Zomba APM presents relief items to the families affected by foolds at Namatamba primary school in Zomba

According to Machinga District Commissioner Bester Mandele, the disaster has affected a total of 29,031 households in all traditional authorities in the district and these are Chikweo, Nkoola, Liwonde, Mlomba, Chamba, Nyambi, Chiwalo, Kapoloma, Nkula, Mposa , Nsanama, Sale, Kawinga, Mchinguza, Saidi Mataka, Sitola and Ngokwe.

While in Zomba, 3,571 families have been displaced.

Speaking at Joho Primary School in Machinga and  Namatamba Primary School in Zomba, President Mutharika said the Malata Subsidy program will provide cement and iron sheets to the affected households to ensure they are able to rebuild their houses in time.

The President then warned Malawians against killing people with albinism, saying it was inhuman.

He added that government has out-sourced services of experts to investigate the issue thoroughly so that it is brought to an end forthwith.

Speaking earlier, Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi said government has an obligation to rush to the assistance of its citizenry in time with relief items.

President Mutharika cut short his official government business in the North the moment he heard that Southern Region was experiencing persistent rains.

Dausi then condemned opposition political parties for concentrating on politics in time of disaster like the one the Southern region experienced.

According to the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA), as of Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 56 deaths and 577 injuries were recorded. Three people were missing.  

During the function, President Mutharika made a symbolic presentation of relief items to some of the affected people.

The State President has already visited Balaka, Mangochi and Machinga where he cheered and interacted with victims of the heavy and destructive rains.

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