The Department of Disaster and Management Affairs (DoDMA) has disbursed K16 million to compensate owners of a 95 hectare land which the Thyolo district council has identified to relocate Sambambidzi villagers that were affected by cyclone Freddy.
The district's Relief and Rehabilitation Officer, Faith Khamula, confirmed this on Wednesday.
In a written response, Khamula, said the regional lands department identified and assessed the land for relocation in Khongono village Traditional Authority Changata.
In July this year, the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) recommended the relocation of about 90 families before the rains after their village in Traditional Authority Changata was turned into a river by the cyclone.
Khamula said, "now the (DoDMA) has disbursed resources amounting to K16 million for compensating the land owners and payment is likely to take place this or early next week."
She has since indicated that the land demarcation and distribution are set to commence mid December 2023.
Group Village Headman Khongono of the area has expressed fear that the delay to effect the relocation is posing another danger to the villagers this rainfall season.
In March this year, the Cyclone Freddy killed hundreds and displaced thousands of people including damaging property and crops in the southern districts such as Thyolo, Phalombe, Chiradzulu, Mulanje, Chikwawa and Nsanje.