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Nkhotakota team equipped with disaster management skills

Written by  Anjoya Mwanza


Smile after landing at an evacuation centre in Chikwawa during the 2016 floods - File Photo

Nkhotakota, June 17, 2018: Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) has trained Nkhotakota District Civil Protection Committee (DCPC) on disaster preparedness to reduce the impact and fasten response when disasters occur.

In April this year, the district was hit by flush floods and District Commissioner Felix Mkandawire lamented lack of trained Civil Protection Committees (CPCs) at all levels as a reason towards unorganised reports.

He asked government and well-wishers to consider revamping and training the CPCs as soon as they could.

Field Officer for EAM’s Better Programme, Patrick Kamalizeni said the training was a response to the plea the council raised.

He said the trained DCPC members will facilitate the training of Area Civil Protection Committees (ACPCs), then Village Civil Protection Committees (VCPCs) in Traditional Authorities (T/As) Kanyenda and Mwadzama.

“We plan to reach the ACPCS then VCPCs with several disaster preparedness messages which include formulation of early warning systems.

“We believe this will increase the awareness of all kinds of disasters the district faces like Mwera winds, fall army worms and flush floods just to mention a few,” Kamalizeni said.

Acting Assistant Disaster Risk Management Officer (ADRMO), George Zibophe said the training of the committees will facilitate the groups in working effectively especially during monitoring as well as gathering of information.

“Assessment and monitoring of the recent disasters was a nightmare because every person was involved in data collection including local leaders, civil servants and political leaders. This then led to duplication of registered names of affected households.

Said Zibophe: “For instance, our current data indicate that over 6, 000 people were affected by the floods, but we have all the hope that there was duplication during registration of affected population.”

He said the training will help the committees to validate and interpret messages and information accordingly.

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