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Tuesday, 10 March 2015 19:56

DODMA analyzing data on post disaster assessment needs

Written by  Memory Kutengule

Chiunguzeni: We are doing data analysis now - File Photo

Blantyre, March 10: The Department of Disaster Management Affairs has started analyzing data on damages caused by the recent flash floods.

This follows Post Disaster Assessment Needs conducted in the districts of Chikwawa, Nsanje, Phalombe, Zomba, Rumphi, Karonga, Thyolo, Machinga, Mangochi, Ntcheu, Chiradzulu, Mulanje, Balaka, Salima and Blantyre.

In an interview on Monday, Secretary and Commissioner for Disaster Management Affairs Paul Chiunguzeni said the analysis would assist the team in coming up with a comprehensive report to be used in the recovery drive.

 He said the report would dwell much on how floods have damaged various aspects of developments including infrastructure, Health and Agriculture.

 “Considering that the report is expected to estimate how much it will cost to replace the damages as well as how will government in collaboration with other organisations do to raise the amount,” said Chiunguzeni.

According to Chiunguzeni, the report would act as a catalyst for bringing various stakeholders together to align recovery efforts in a coordinated way.

The report on Post Disaster Assessment Needs is expected to be released on March 20, this year.