Victims of the floods that occurred in Karonga district on Monday have asked the Malawi government and other stakeholders to give them condoms.
The victims want condoms in order to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS since they expect a lot of sexual activity in the camps in which they are staying.
Apart from the condoms, the victims also need relief items like food, Chlorine, water guard and other related items.
The floods in Karonga occurred after the North Rukuru River burst its banks due to persistent rains that had fallen in the area of Paramount Chief Kyungu.
Authorities say to avoid the swelling of the North Rukuru River due to heavy rains in coming years, there is need to rehabilitate dykes and to conserve catchment areas of the river by planting trees along the river banks.
According to district officials, 4500 people from 900 households have been affected by the floods. The floods have also enormously affected crops along Rukuru River and authorities say 48 hectares of maize, banana, rice and cassava have been established to have been affected.