Rainy season disaster death toll up – Capital Radio Malawi
18 June, 2024

Rainy season disaster death toll up

The death toll resulting from rain-related disasters in the 2022/23 rainy season has risen to 21 from 19 last week.

This is according to the Department of Disaster Management Affairs-DoDMA.

Fifteen of the victims died from lightning strikes and five died after the walls of theirs houses collapsed on them during stormy rains and 59 people have sustained various degree of injuries.

Since the onset of the rainy season, at least 31,203 people have been affected by disasters resulting into 6,934 households.

Currently, the Department of Disaster Management Affairs-DODMA has reached out to 84 % of the total number of affected people.

In addition it has since provided maize, family tents, kitchen utensils and plastic sheets for temporal roofing, to the affected people.

So far, stormy rains, strong winds and lightning have affected 31 councils among them Balaka, Chikwawa, Chiradzulu, Chitipa, Dedza, Dowa and Lilongwe districts.

Other affected districts are Machinga, Mangochi, Mchinji, Mulanje, Mzimba, Mzuzu City, Neno, Nkhotakota, Ntcheu, Phalombe, Salima, Thyolo and Zomba.

Commissioner for DoDMA Charles Kalemba stresses that assistance is being provided upon receipt of reports indicating the extent of disaster.

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