By Our Reporter
KARONGA: About 600 households from over 20 villagers under the area of the Group Village Headman (GVH) Zindi, Mwenenguwe and Mwanganda in Karonga are hiding in the nearby churches as well as schools following the floods that hit the district after the Rukuru River swelled beyond its bank during Monday mid-night.
This comes amid the severe weather warning issued by the department of climate change and meteorological services in collaboration with the SELF HELP AFRICA organization under its DISCOVER through the media as well as sensitization meetings that the district will have high rainfall amounts which will results to flash floods.
According to Karonga district meteorological officer Victor Phiri, the trend is as the result of active Congo Air Mass coupled with a low pressure area in the Mozambique channels.
Confirming the incident to the Maravi Post, Walusungu Mwafulirwa who is the Assistance District Disaster Risk Management said the exact figure of the affected houses as well as hectares of crops is yet established while saying that no lives has been lost.
“Indeed, hundreds of households in the area of GVH Zindi, Mwenenguwe and Mwanganda have been dispersed from their respective houses last night due to the floods which came after the Rukuru River swelled its bank following the persistent rains,” said Mwafulirwa.
Adding that “up to now there is no any report which shows that lives have been claimed due to the problem however, we are still coming up with the exact figure of the affected houses as well as hectares of crops.”
Reacting to the development, Blessings Mlowoka who is the disaster risk management and crop officer under the DISCOVER project as well as Phiri asked the community to take the message issued by the meteorological department seriously and follow up the advice.
Mlowoka and Phiri further appealed to the community saying “we are also urging you to start planting trees along the river banks as the first measure of preventing the problem which occurs yearly.”
In his remarks Paramount Chief Kyungu has asked the victims to reallocate to the upper land while appealing to the well-wishers to immediately intervene on the mater.