By Memory Kutengule
BThe Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) says it has recorded 17 deaths and 23 injuries since July, 20l8 due to natural disasters that have affected over 20,000 households in the country.
In an interview with Malawi News Agency on Tuesday, DoDMA Public Relations Officer Chipiliro Khamula attributed the disasters to persistent stormy rains and strong winds.
“Since July, 20l8 to date, disasters mostly stormy rains and strong winds have affected 20,763 households which is approximately 114,196 people across the country. This figure is likely to increase as rains continue.
“In view of this, as of today, 17 deaths of which 12 were due to lightning and 23 injuries have been recorded,” explained Khamula.
The publicist said currently the department is still responding to the affected families with food and nonfood relief items which comprise 50 kilogram bag of maize or rice and 10 metres of plastic sheet for temporary roofing to each affected family.
“In addition, we are also providing two blankets, 20 litres of plastic bucket, five plastic cups, four plastic plates and five kilograms of beans.
“In some cases, we provide temporary shelters such as tents,” said Khamula.
Recently, the Minister of Homeland Security, Nicholus Dausi toured disaster affected areas in the central, southern and northern region to assess damages caused by the natural calamity and also provide relief items to the affected households.