Chikwawa, May 9, 2019: Flood survivors from 10 camps in Chikwawa have voluntarily left the camps to settle back in their communities.
As of now Chikwawa District Council is in the dark as to how much Nongovernmental organizations (NGO) and well-wishers have spent on flood response and recovery.
District Commissioner for Chikwawa, Lusizi Nhlane said in an interview on Wednesday most NGOs were distributing the items directly to the victims, as such; the council did not have concrete financial records on what was spent.
“What we know now is that a lot of NGOs and well-wishers, including religious leaders, have helped our people,”
“We really thank them for assisting the flood survivors. I can give an example of the visit by a well known South African-based Prophet, Dr Samuel Radebe of the Revelation Church of God,” said the district commissioner.
On the 10 camps voluntarily decommissioning, Chikwawa Disaster officer, Francis Kadzokoya said so far the flood survivors have willingly moved from the camps to begin a new life.
“What we have done as government, with assistance from stakeholders is to ensure the people are provided with basic necessities like food and shelter among others,” explained Kadzokoya.
He said some of the camps that had voluntarily decommissioned are Namicheni, Bereu, Tomali, Bodza, Livunzu and Thabwa.
He advised those that have left camps to construct flood-resilient houses. This comes at a time development partners, civil society and religious leaders have been rendering support to flood survivors in Chikwawa with a call for them to settle in upper areas.
Over 68, 000 people were affected by the floods in Chikwawa in March this year. Some of these people seeked refuge in 37 camps. Currently, the District has 27 camps which are likely to be decommissioned between May and June this year.