Heavy Rains Cause Havoc in Karonga

By: Thula Chisamba

Heavy rains raised havoc in the Northern region district of Karonga on Sunday leaving one person injured and several buildings damaged.

flooding in Karonga
flooding in Karonga

Information gathered by The Malawi Star indicates that the rains also caused some mobility problems because most bridges were swept away with the flooding rivers.

Another villager told this publication that hundreds of his animals went missing after the flooding of Wovwe river.

Classes were suspended at both Mlale primary and secondary schools which were also damaged by the same disaster on Sunday.

The Malawi Star follow up established that hundreds of people are camping at Wovwe CCAP after their houses were damaged by the same heavy downpours.

Other findings indicates  that the disaster also displaced hundreds of people in Nyungwe and Mlale in the area of paramount chief Kyungu in the district.

The District’s Commissioner Rose Moyo who confirmed the tragedy was unable to  shed more light on the same citing she was yet to access an assessment report.

“Ask me later. I am yet to have a complete assessment report on the same but as you have already seen, many people are displaced,” Said Moyo.

This happens in concurrent with relative incidences in Mzimba north where crops have been swept away and many people are also displaced.

There has been a call for concern from local leaders in the two districts because they fear this may predict severe hunger next year.

Legislator for Mzimba north Agness Nyalonje has been calling upon government to consider aiding people affected with the disaster with some irrigation materials.

Meanwhile the Department of Disaster Preparedness has repeated warning the people living in disaster prone areas to relocate away from these areas to  better places as one way of avoiding more casualties.

On the other hand, the Department of Meteorology  has projected the continuation of such disasters in the country and echoed calls by the former department for everyone  to be alert.

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