The Malawi Government has reassured people affected by flash floods in Nsanje District that it will do everything possible to provide necessary support to ease their suffering.
Vice-President Everton Herbert Chimulirenji made the commitment Saturday at Phokera Community Based Child Care Centre in the district when he visited 710 displaced households.
Chimulirenji said it is the responsibility of the current government to take care of its citizens in hard times as is the case with the people who have been affected by the current floods.
“The government is very saddened with the current situation. You did not ask for the floods for you to be suffering.
“Everyone enjoys life at his or her home. Therefore, let me assure you that government will do everything possible to support you in these trying times,” Chimulirenji said.
He, however, urged the people who are still living in flood prone areas to move to higher lands for their safety.
Chimulirenji further asked the people in the Lower Shire to plant more trees and then take care of the planted and those regenerating to improve survival rate of trees in the country.
The Vice-President then acknowledged that the Lower Shire districts are likely to face food insecurity as evidenced by the crops in fields.
“What I have seen in the crop fields when I was coming here is not promising. The Lower Shire is likely to face food insecurity.
“Let me assure you that the government you voted overwhelmingly for will not leave you alone,” he said.
On his part, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Regional Governor for the south Charles Mchacha said Lower Shire districts deserve government’s total support as they trusted the current leadership during the tripartite elections.
“DPP government is here as you gave it your total support during the elections. For that reason, you cannot be left behind. This is your own government,” Mchacha said.
Traditional Authority Mbenje hailed government for continued support to the people of Nsanje every time the district experiences natural disasters.
At least 7000 households have been affected by flash floods in Nsanje District and about 350 households from neighbouring Mozambique are seeking shelter in the district.-(Story by Martin Chiwanda)