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MRCS donates to victims of heavy downpour in Thyolo

Written by  Daniel Kasondo
FLASHBACK: Vice President Dr Saulos Chilima presents a symbolic help to one of the victims - Pic by Roy Nkosi FLASHBACK: Vice President Dr Saulos Chilima presents a symbolic help to one of the victims - Pic by Roy Nkosi

Thyolo, January 3, 2017: Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) on Monday donated different relief items to victims whose houses were damaged due to incessant rains experienced recently in Traditional Authority Mbawela in Thyolo District.

The area received continuous rains for two days (from December 26 to December 27) which resulted into some houses with weak foundations to crumble, rendering occupants destitute.

According to chairperson of Khuguwe Disaster Response Team, Pilirani Tauni, 28 households were affected by the rains, forcing over 105 people to seek shelter at the nearby Nkhwangwa Primary School.

“People lost their food and utensils, with some sustaining injuries as the walls of their houses fell on them. We thank MRCS for assisting the victims who urgently needed help,” said Tauni.

Tauni said the items received would facilitate the victim’s return to their homes and start life again since they would be able to construct temporary homes on their own.

Among the items received were kitchen utensils like plates, cups and pots and shelter tool-kit for construction of temporary shelters.

MRCS Programmes Manager, Martha Chiwaya, said the society donated the items as a humanitarian response to the victims for them to restart their lives.

“Most of the victims rushed to a nearby school for shelter. We wanted to help them go back to their homes and continue with their lives by constructing temporary shelters right there in the village,” she said.
Chiwaya said the items, which did not include food, were solely to help the victims as first and urgent help.
“We are mandated to respond swiftly to any disaster, so we came to assist the victims with necessary materials, particularly to make them build their homes,” Chiwaya added.

She, therefore, urged beneficiaries not to sell the items but put them into proper use. Some of the villages that were affected by the rains were Khuguwe 1 and 2, Nkhwangwa, Mchenga, Mbalanguzi and Chaima.

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