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One dead, 7000 displaced in KK floods

A person has died in Nkhotakota after a canoe they were in capsized due to high water levels following flash floods that have affected the district.

At least 7000 people, as of Thursday, had been displaced in the lakeshore district, according to a preliminary report submitted by Nkhotakota District Council to the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA).

“…displaced communities are in need of food, clothing, shelter materials (i.e family tents), blankets, dignity kits, and WASH facilities (cups, pails, water treatment chemicals, and mobile toilets).In Karonga, a brief update by the council indicates that heavy rains persisted and have largely damaged rice fields in TA Mwakawoko,” said Charles Kalemba, Commissioner for Disaster Affairs.

With the help of the Malawi Defence Force’s search and rescue team, a total of 900 people who had been left stranded were rescued and the MDF is also ferrying relief items to camps that have been established to temporarily accommodate the victims, largely from traditional authorities Kanyenda and Mphonde’s area.

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