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Floods have claimed six lives in Lilongwe

Written by  Tione Andsen - MANA

Over 1,000 people have been left homeless after being displaced by flooding in Lilongwe and six people have lost their lives.

Some of the recovered household items from houses Some of the recovered household items from houses

The six that have died include four males and two females and affected areas include Kawale, Mchesi, Chipasula, Kaliyeka, Areas 22 and 24.

Flooding hit the areas around 6:30 pm on Saturday and swept the area which is closer to the river banks resulting into loss of lives, houses destroyed and properties damaged in the process.

The preliminaryassessment are indicating that 202 household have been affected and the assessment is still being carried out expressing fears that the number might increase.

The Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima visited the affected areas Sunday morning to assess the situation and made a symbolic relief distributiuon to the flood victims.


He delivered a message of condolence to members of breaved families from the State President Prof. Peter Mutharika.

Chilima told the people that government will provide coffins, food and other logistical arrangements for those people who have lost their lives. 

Catherine Kunje (in red cap) , Disaster Desk Officer for Lilongwe City Council briefs Vice President Dr Chilima - Pic by Roy Nkosi

“We pray that the number does not increase since few more people are still misssing and rescue operation to find them is underway,” the Vice President said.

He assured the flood victims that government would make necessary arrangements to provide relief items and shelters for the displaced families,

“We have adequate supplies in our warehouse at DODMA. The items include blankets, mattresses, pails, buckets, maize and platic plates,” Chilima pointed out.

He aid government would start deploying resources which are at its disposal and partners would join later with various assistance.

The Vice President provided some basic relief items to the flood victims as a start of relief distribution to the affected households.

Malawi Red Cross Society, Lilongwe City Council and DODMA officials are currently underway assessing the situation on the ground and affected households.

Floods hit the area in 2012 but the magnitude then, was not as bad as this time around.

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