137 Households Affected by Cyclone Freddy in Neno
Neno District Relief and Rehabilitation officer Brighton Mphinga has disclosed that 137 households have been devastated by Cyclone Freddy in Neno district with one person missing.
He said this today, Friday, at a Coordination, Resource Mobilization and Communication disaster cluster funded by Save the Children - Italy through Beyond our Hearts Foundation under Localisation Pilot project.
In his remarks, Mphinga said that the effects left behind by the cyclone are enormous hence a need for more resources as the district alone cannot manage to reach out to all the survivors.
"We have received so far three hundred bags of maize from the Department of Disaster Management Affairs and more support is expected anyday from the relief entity," said Mphinga.
The DRRO further admits logistical challenges as most roads in the district have been cut-off, especially in the area of Senior Chief Dambe, with Golden village experiencing coordination hiccups.
Health service delivery has also not been spared as attested by the Acting Director of Health and Social Services Dr. Enock Ndalama, who says most parts of Senior Chief Dambe are inaccessible.
The Neno tarmac road, under construction, is slippery now which is affecting timely delivery of relief items, a development which Neno Civil Society Organisations chairperson Samson Njolomole describes as a call for immediate action from the government.
Responding to these concerns, Beyond our Hearts Project Coordinator for Localisation project, Pemphero Nkhata says Save the Children-Italy has activated its "Crisis Modifier" which is an emergency budget to respond to the immediate needs of the affected people.
"Through this crisis modifier funds, we are going to support in the areas of logistics, buying food and nonfood items such as maize flour, salts, buckets, plastic rolls and others," said Nkhata.
Nkhata also discloses that the Localisation pilot project, which gives support to local organisations will not relent but to continue restoring the people lost hope.
Turning to school infrastructure, Neno District Education Data officer Ector Taibu narrates that text books have been damaged in two schools.
"We have four hundred text books damaged at Khale primary school which is still submerged in water and six hundred more damaged at Chitete and Nsawedza has one toilet damaged," said Taibu.
Taibu says education authorities are uncertain as to when Khale primary school may reopen together with other schools in the Southern part of the country.
Neno strategic partner, Partners in Health is distributing maize, beans, blankets and buckets to the affected households as its immediate response, according to Victor Kanyama from the health oriented organisation.
Meanwhile, a warning has gone to the people distributing the items and those responsible in the identification of the affected, to work with patriotism adding the should not doctor figures for their own benefit.
The police, through its Officer-in-Charge has appealed to the responsible personnel to make sure that security personnel are always with them when distributing the items to avoid fracas and other unfortunates.