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CYCLONE DISPLACES OVER 5,000 PEOPLE DESTROY ROADS IN CHIKWAWA

By Leah Malimbasa and Noel Chimwala MANA

Tropical cyclone Freddy has destroyed 1, 112 houses in Chikwawa comprising of 676 male-headed households and 436 female-headed households rendering 5004 people homeless.

The incessant downpour which started on Friday has also destroyed Mikalango Bridge at Misewu-folo, and the road connecting Domasi area and Kamuzu bridge.

Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) Relief Officer for the district, Humphrey Magalasi told Malawi News Agency (Mana) that the displaced people are staying in evacuation centres and camps.

“The people affected are from the areas of Traditional Authorities, Ngabu, Lundu, Makhuwira, Masache and Ngowe where houses are collapsing due to moisture, so far the district has recorded one death and three injuries in T/A Makhuwira,” said Magalasi.

As of Monday, the country recorded 99 deaths in total, with 16 people reported missing.
10,000 households have been displaced in the southern region and 39 camps have been set.

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