APM comforts flood victims in Phalombe, Mulanje: In Lower Shire Monday

Written by  Austin Kakande and Esnart Chingwalu

President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika on Saturday visited communities affected by last week’s floods in Phalombe and Mulanje districts.

President Mutharika and the First Lady distributing relief items to flood victims in Mulanje President Mutharika and the First Lady distributing relief items to flood victims in Mulanje

Speaking at Mileme Primary School in Phalombe North and Bango Primary School in Mulanje South East, President Mutharika reiterated that the Malata and Cement Subsidy would be used to support those whose houses have collapsed.

“As an African, I believe that when someone faces a tragedy, you go and to visit them, to sympathize with them, and to support them. That is our African culture.”

“I was in the North when this tragedy happened. I had no choice but to cut my trip short to come and be with you, because when you are have a problem, I share the pain you are going through,” President Mutharika said.

Professor Mutharika added that apart from the Malata and Cement Subsidy,  Social Cash Transfer is being intensified to alleviate suffering of vulnerable families.

“Public Works programme will also focus in the affected communities in order to economically empower affected women and the youth,” he said.

The function was attended by large crowds of people. Some had walked long distances to see President Mutharika.

The distributed relief items included maize flour, rice, plastic buckets,  tents, sugar salt just to mention a few.

The President added that his government will not stop helping those that have been affected by floods in the country. He emphasized that with the USD1.4 million aid from the American Government,  he will make sure that the displaced communities are supported for the next three months.

President Mutharika has asked all people in the country to help each other especially those that have been affected by the floods because they lack a lot of things.

According to District Commissioner for Phalombe Memory Kaleso,  the heavy rains caused Phalombe river to flood affecting  six Traditional Authorities in the district, with traditional authority Jenala being the worse hit. One person died while 18 others were injured.

Kaleso also said that a total of 96, 066 people and 21, 870 households have been  affected in the district.

And on his part, Mulanje District Commissioner Charles Makanga said a total of 16, 776 households have been displaced in Mulanje.

Meanwhile, the Office of President and Cabinet has announced that President Mutharika is on Monday visiting people affected by floods and are staying at Chikunkha School  near Nsanje Boma in Traditional Authority Malemia, in Nsanje at 12:30 in the afternoon.

According to OPC, thereafter, the Malawi leader will also visit flood victims staying at Namicheni Primary School in Paramount Chief Lundu area in Nchalo, Chikwawa District.

President Mutharika has already visited flood victims in Balaka, Mangochi, Machinga and Zomba.

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