DoDMA bemoans vandalism of early flood warning systems

Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) has expressed concern over the vandalism of early flood warning systems gadgets in some flood-prone areas across the country.

Speaking Thursday when he addressed Rumphi District Civil Protection Committee (DCPC), DoDMA Deputy Director responsible for Disaster Risk Reduction, Fedson Chikuse described the malpractice as counterproductive to the initiative which is aimed at serving lives and property.

The meeting, among other things, aimed at assessing the performance of early flood warning systems gadgets which have been installed in the district.

Rumphi DCPC members during the meeting

“The gadgets are still operational in Rumphi and Karonga districts because there was adequate sensitization on their importance while it was not the case in Salima and Dedza districts which have their gadgets vandalized," said Chikuse.

He said to mitigate the challenges, DoDMA engaged Malawi Red Cross Society to assist in community sensitization on the importance of the flood warning systems gadgets and was optimistic people surrounding the area where the gadgets were installed are better informed about the initiative.

An officer from Rumphi Police Station, Lester Chatanga, attributed the security of the flood warning systems gadgets in the district to community members and community policing structures’ collaboration.

The meeting also discussed the training of community based committees on disaster mitigation and sustainability strategies of the early warning flood systems’ initiative in the district.