President Mutharika said this at Nyambadwe School Ground in Ndirande, Blantyre when he visited victims of floods that hit some parts of the country early this month.
“Floods have not only hit Malawi, but also Zimbabwe and Mozambique. These are the effects of climate change in this part of Southern Africa, and as a country we must brace for such hash climates.
“However, as a country, we will soon start programs that are aimed at mitigating the impact of climate, such as erecting dikes in flood prone areas,” said President Mutharika.
According to Blantytre City Council Chief Executive Officer Alfred Chanza, 14, 831 households, translating into 62, 296 people were affected by the flood in Blantyre alone.
Two people lost their lives, while 96 others were injured.
In his remarks, Senior Chief Kapeni of Blantyre hailed President Mutharika for sparing his time to visit the flood victims in his area.
“Apart from this visit, I, Chief Kapeni and my subjects are very thankful for various developmental projects you have initiated Blantyre. Our verbal thank you is not enough, we will sincerely thank you through the ballot on May 21,” said the Chief.
So far, President Mutharika has visited flood victims in Balaka, Mangochi, Machinga, Zomba, Phalombe, Mulanje, Thyolo, Chikwawa and Nsanje districts.