The Mzuzu City Council (MCC) has warned that it will soon begin a campaign to demolish all houses that are being renovated in areas which were hit by floods.
According to the city’s acting chief executive officer Victor Masina, people reconstructing their houses in the flood-hit areas are not supposed to do so since the areas are restricted.
Malawi24 understands that some people who never owned land in the flood hit areas have taken advantage of the situation to grab land and build houses.
But Masina said the residents are building their houses using substandard materials, something which he said could cause similar suffering to the people when heavy rains falls again in the next rainy season.
This development comes barely days after some youth activists in the city asked the Malawi government to consider relocating funds in the malata and cement subsidy program to target households that have been hit by heavy rains in the city.
The heavy downpour that hit the region for three consecutive weeks earlier last month left over 17,000 people homeless and claimed eight lives.