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Floods displace over 300 households in Phalombe

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About 330 families from Group Villagehead Likachale, Traditional Authority Kaduya in Phalombe, have been rendered homeless after floods ravaged their houses.

One of the distroyed houses One of the distroyed houses

The floods occurred following the swelling of Namphende River from strong rains which started on February 9.

Namphende River draws its source from Michesi Mountain, which is part of Mulanje Mountain and is also is responsible for March 10 1993 devastating floods which killed over 500 people and displaced over a thousand others.

According to Group Village Headwoman Likachale, only one person was injured, but her subjects have lost almost all their properties.

“It heavily rained non-stop from 9th up to 11th of February. We started evacuating immediately we noted the water levels were abnormally rising. Over 70 houses were destroyed and my subjects have lost household properties including livestocks. They have to start from afresh,” lamented the village head.

The incident has also affected education services in the area as the vitims are currently camping at a Government owned Phalombe Primary School.

According to Nelson Teputepu, a head-teacher at Phaloni Primary School, his pupils have been hit twice as most of them come from the displaced families.

“About 2000 pupils share the 11 classrooms that we have. With three classrooms given to the flood victims, it has resulted in some classes having lessons under trees, which is not sustainable at all as we are still in rainy season,” said Teputepu.

Meanwhile, Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima is expected to visit the area on Thursday.

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