By Andrew Mkonda
Karonga, January 7, Mana: Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) says it will continue assisting people that are affected by disasters across the country through its ‘Enhancing Resilience to Disasters’ Project.
About 500 households in Karonga had their houses destroyed by stormy rains which hit the district two weeks ago.
MRCS Disaster Response and Recovery Specialist, Chisomo Teputepu made the sentiments Sunday when the organisation distributed money to 241 households drawn from areas of traditional authorities Mwakaboko and Kilupula in the district.
Teputepu said through the ‘Enhancing Resilience to Disasters’ Project, the organization decided to distribute money to the affected households as a way of assisting them to rehabilitate their houses and reduce impact of the disaster on their livelihoods.
“We received a report from Karonga District Council that about 500 households were affected by disasters, but our assessment established that 241 households were really the ones that were affected and needed support,” said Teputepu.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Youngson Sichone commended the organization for the financial assistance, saying it would go a long way in assisting those affected by the disaster in rehabilitating their houses and buying household items to replace those damaged due to the disaster.
“We are pleased with this assistance. We couldn’t repair our houses on our own. We will buy some iron sheets for our houses,” said Sichone.
Representative for Karonga District Commissioner, Scotch Kondowe urged the beneficiaries to use the money for the intended purpose.
He said the district civil protection committee would be monitoring the affected households to ensure that they use the money for the intended purpose.
Kondowe then thanked MRCS for the assistance, describing it as a timely intervention to normalise lives of the affected households and appealed to other organisations to emulate the gesture.
Depending on the degree of the damage, some households received K64, 000 while others got K35, 000 and the least affected households went away with K25, 600.
By Andrew Mkonda