Flood victims face food shortage in camps
Flood survivors in some camps in Nsanje have gone for three days without food, and have since sounded a Save Our Souls-SOS message to all well wishers to help them with food supplies.
This came to light as officials from Malawi Carer toured some of the district’s camps on Tuesday to appreciate challenges survivors were facing.
Camp management Committee Secretary Yowasi Bizeki said they had sent several reminders to the district assembly on their plight but there was no response.
“For instance, at Bitilinyu camp in the area of Traditional Authority Ndamera which has more than 6000 people, the last food supplies were made on Sunday, February 15,” said Bizeki.
Malawi Carer Programs Manager Paul Kachusa appealed for urgent support especially maize flour to alleviate the problem.
Assistant District Disaster Risk Management Officer Humphrey Magalasi conceded the problem.
He said “the shortage had hit camps such as Bitilinyu and Marka in Nsanje south and some camps in the East Bank.”
Magalasi however appealed for more food supplies from well wishers to address the problem.
Nsanje District has 60,000 flood survivors in 18 camps.
Meanwhile, Police in Mulanje are keeping in custody 35 year old Mark Masangwi for causing havoc at Chimwaza flood victims’ evacuation centre in the area of Traditional Authority Mabuka in the district.
According to Mulanje Police Publicist James Kadadzera, the suspect was caught throwing stones and spitting venom at the victims claiming they were benefiting more in relief aid than their counterparts in other villages.