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Nsanje DC calls for collaboration in the face of impending disasters

Written by  Martin Chiwanda

Nsanje, November 17: Authorities in the disaster prone Nsanje district have called for collaboration among stakeholders implementing disaster related interventions in planning for the impending disasters so they are not caught off-guard when the disasters strike.

This has been called amid fears of imminent Lanina as predicted by the weather experts.

District Commissioner, Gift Rapozo made the sentiments during a stakeholders’ meeting held in the district which aimed at appreciating how prepared the organizations and government sectors are regarding the looming Lanina.

Rapozo told the gathering that unless good preparedness initiatives are put in place, it will be difficult for the district to respond to the disaster accordingly hence the need to prepare thoroughly.

“As a district, we need to prepare well so that we can respond quickly to any occurrences. This is the reason as Nsanje district council we thought of banging our heads to appreciate what each stakeholder has in stock in preparation for any disaster.

“We also wanted to ask for support from the stakeholders to review the 2015/2016 District disaster contingency plan so that we can prepare well for any potential disasters. Let me appeal for support from stakeholders towards the contingency plan review,” said Rapozo.

The district commissioner further warned people against expecting government to provide them relief support any time they experience disasters.

He said it is high time people in the disaster prone district got serious with their lives by finding their own ways to avert calamities citing moving to places that are not prone to disasters.

Rapozo's sentiments come amid concerns by some villagers in the area of Senior Group Village Head Nyamula under the area of Senior Chief Tengani who have been demanding support from government after their houses were blown off by a hailstorm some two weeks ago.

“Government can only provide relief support in special cases, for instance flooding situations where all property has been washed away.

“With that it is justified to call for relief support. Expecting government to provide relief support because somebody has had their house blown off by a hailstorm is a non-starter,” he said.

Rapozo added; “It is high time people got serious by planning for their own lives other than waiting for government to rehabilitate their blown off houses.

“Already government is providing food to hunger stricken houses thus one is not justified to demand another support. People should be able to find their own ways of recovering from such calamities.”

The Nsanje DCs sentiments come in the wake of concerns by some villagers in the area of Senior Group Village Head Nyamula under the area of Senior Chief Tengani who have been calling for support after their houses were said to have been blown off by a hailstorm some two weeks ago.

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