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Stormy rains destroy 52 houses in Mzuzu City

Written by  Flates Banda & Bernard Mhone
Kazando primary school block without roof - Pic courtesy of Joseph Duwe Kazando primary school block without roof - Pic courtesy of Joseph Duwe

Mzuzu, January 11, 2017: A few days just after the Vice President, Dr. Saulos Chilima visited areas which were affected by disaster due to heavy and stormy rains in Mzuzu City, stormy rains Tuesday afternoon destroyed 52 houses leaving hundreds of people homeless.

Malawi News Agency (MANA) Wednesday established that the stormy rains destroyed houses in the areas of Zolozolo, Msongwe, Chibanja and Chibavi and blew off roofs of Chibanja and Kazando Primary Schools.

It is reported that five learners at Kazando Primary School were injured, but efforts to speak to the head teacher of the school proved futile as he kept on hanging calls for several times.

One of the victims in Chibanja Township, Abraham Shaba whose house had its roof brown off, said the disaster had left his family stranded as the rains had destroyed a lot of his household property.

“Thank God that this disaster occurred during day as people were able to escape, otherwise people’s lives would have been lost if it were take place at night,” he explained whilst appealing to well-wishers to assist the affected families in different forms.

Disaster Desk Officer for Mzuzu City, Precious Mandala confirmed to have received the reports saying his office in collaboration with other stakeholders is on the ground assessing the situation.

“I can confirm that the affected areas include Zolozolo, Msongwe, Chibanja townships and we are collecting information from the affected areas after which we intend to submit and share the report with relevant authorities and stakeholders,” he confirmed.

The tragedy has happened a week after rains destroyed houses in Masasa, Zolozolo, Chimaliro, Kaning’ina townships including Mzuzu Police Station.   

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