Sunday, May 26, 2024

Malawi President Chakwera visits flood survivors in Nkhotakota

Chimunthu Banda

In a display of compassionate leadership, President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera yesterday visited recent victims of merciless flash floods, who found themselves destitute and displaced in Nkhotakota district.

With unwavering resolve and empathy, President Chakwera stood among the survivors sheltered in the humble confines of Kanyenda and Matiki primary schools, nestled within the domain of Senior Chief Kanyenda. There, he offered solemn reassurance, pledging the unwavering commitment of his government to swiftly provide essential aid until these resilient souls can reclaim the sanctity of their homes.

Emphasizing the collective effort needed in such trying times, the President acknowledged the pivotal role of not only the government but also the indispensable support extended by various development partners and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), whose benevolent gestures have already begun to alleviate the suffering of the afflicted. He implored the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) to expedite their assessments and assistance efforts to ensure no survivor is left behind.

In a poignant plea echoing the cries of the devastated business community, Parliamentarian Henry Chimunthu Banda beseeched President Chakwera to extend a lifeline to the once-thriving entrepreneurs of Dwangwa Trading Centre, now reduced to rubble by the relentless deluge. He advocated for strategic interventions, such as accessible loans facilitated through the National Economic and Employment Fund (NEEF), tailored to the unique needs of these resilient merchants, enabling them to resurrect their livelihoods from the ashes.

Echoing sentiments of gratitude and optimism, Minister of Local Government Unity and Culture Richard Chimwendo Banda lauded the President’s hands-on approach, expressing confidence in the resolution of challenges faced by the concerned authorities.

In the wake of catastrophic floods triggered by unrelenting downpours, Nkhotakota stands as a stark testament to nature’s fury, with over 14,000 souls displaced, over 10,000 seeking refuge in makeshift camps, and the toll of human lives numbering six lost and two still unaccounted for, as per the preliminary report issued by the district council.


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