Heavy rainfall destroy about 50 houses in Likoma
About 50 households in Likoma District have been rendered homeless after their houses were destroyed following a three-day heavy rainfall.
According to Likoma Relief and Rehabilitation Officer, Daniel Mandala, the district has been receiving heavy rains since February 18, a situation that led to the destruction of some houses, crops, and roads on the island.
"So far, more than 50 households have been affected although the number may increase since assessment is still going on.
“Some houses have completely been destroyed while others have partially collapsed,” said Mandala.
The relief and rehabilitation officer further explained that some roads are impassable due to their bad condition following the rains.
According to Mandala, affected areas are mainly Traditional Authority Kabuthu at Chizumulu Island, Sub Traditional Authority Mwase, and T.A. Mkumpha at Likoma Island.
"Our Office, through the District Civil Protection Committee, is conducting an assessment to verify the extent of damage the rains have caused.
“We will send the report to the Department of Disaster Management Affairs today," he said, while advising people in the affected areas to build houses that are resilient to disasters.
One of the survivors of the ravages of the heavy rains from Kachere in Sub Traditional Authority Mwase, Mayamiko Chirwa said her house collapsed besides having her crops washed away.
"Our house has collapsed half way and we are currently residing in the other side of the house. It is a challenge because when it starts raining, we go outside and use our umbrellas for shelter for fear that the remaining part may collapse on us,” said Chirwa.
She then asked well-wishers to assist with food items as well as materials for construction of temporary shelters.