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Heavy rainstorms in Rumphi render 20 families homeless

BLANTYRE—About 20 households have been rendered homeless in the northern district of Rumphi following heavy rainstorms.

Both Traditional Authority Khwema and the district’s disaster management officer Walusungu Mwafulirwa confirmed the development, saying over 300 people from T/A Khwema’s area have been affected by the heavy rainstorms.

Mwafulirwa said he visited the affected families on Wednesday to assess the situation. He said crops and some bridges have been washed away while some roads are impassable.

“The damage is so huge considering crops and bridges connecting communities have been washed away. Pupils cannot go to school following the washing away of the bridges,” said Mwafulirwa.

He said his office was yet to respond to the needs of the affected families as they will have to source the relief items first.

In a related development, heavy rains have damaged drugs and part of Chimoto Health Centre in Dedza district.

This, according to Dedza health office (DHO) spokesperson Harold Kabuluzu, has affected the operations of the facility which carters for over 20,000 villagers there.

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