DoDMA Engages Flood Survivors on Leaving Camps

The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) has appealed to flood survivors who are still in the camps in the Shire Valley to move back to their homes for reconstruction.

DoDMA Director of Response and Recovery, Reverend Moses Chimphepo, on Friday engaged flood survivors from the area of Group Village Head (GVH) Nyamula under Traditional Authority Tengani in Nsanje on the same.

Meanwhile United Arab Emirates has supported over 2000 households in Nsanje and Chikwawa districts with food packs valued at over K100 million.

"We are handing over a package of several food items donated by United Arab Emirates. This follows the President's call for support after Tropical storm-ANA hit us and so various governments and individuals moved in to assist.

"Our plea is that you have to consider looking backwards, if your homes are dry enough it's high time you moved back and resettle. Government will continue to support you until you pick up," explained Reverend Chimphepo.

He further said "we are engaging traditional leaders to help address issues of land. We need safe land for those willing can relocate. For example, I have been in talks with Senior Chief Malemia of Nsanje on the same.

"As I am speaking DoDMA Commissioner is also in Chikwawa engaging traditional leaders to help provide land so those willing can access it. So far some local leaders there have shown interest to provide the land in question."

Group Village Head (GVH) Nyamula under the area of Traditional Authority Tengani, has hailed the support.

"I am grateful for the support, I also appreciate the calls being made on the need for the survivors to move back to their homes.

"The situation here, poses a threat to their lives. They should move back and focus on winter cropping, we have irrigation schemes in this area; Nyamula and Mlambe which could be utilized."

One of the beneficiaries, Maria Nota, from Nyamazaeni village in the area, described the support as timely.

"The support will make a difference. We will heed to authorities call on the need for is us to look at issues of reconstruction. Life in camps has indeed been harsh."

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