Govt assists flood victims in Karonga


The Ministry of Disaster Management Affairs and Public Events on Friday provided relief assistance to families that have been affected by recent floods in Karonga.

The assistance follows floods that occurred on Tuesday, 3rd March, 2020.

Speaking when he visited the affected people and made a symbolic presentation of the relief items, Secretary and Commissioner for Disaster Management Affairs Wilson Moleni assured the victims of continued government support.

“Let me assure you that government will not forsake you. We will continue providing the much needed assistance as we work on a lasting solution. We have heard the calls for the construction of a dyke and let me assure you that we will seriously look into the request and see how best we can go about it,” said Moleni.

In his remarks, TA Karonga commended government and other humanitarian partners for providing the affected with relief assistance and called upon government and disaster risk management stakeholders to construct dykes in flood prone areas in the district, as a lasting solution to heavy flooding.

During the provision of the relief assistance, a well-wisher donated and demonstrated how to use water purifying kits.

Heavy rains that have been falling since 24th January, 2020 have caused the flooding of rivers, a situation that has affected a total of 10,828 households, of which 2,252 have been displaced.

The displaced household have sought refuge in 13 camps set by the District Council.

Government through the Ministry of Disaster Management Affairs and Public Events has been reaching out to the affected households with food and non-food items such as rice, beans and family tents.