Vice President and Minister responsible for Disaster Management Affairs Everton Herbert Chimulirenji on Thursday (17th October, 2019) called upon communities to take active roles in the implementation of disaster risk reduction programmes.
Chimulirenji made the call in Karonga when he visited people affected by floods to appreciate the challenges they are facing in rebuilding their lives.
He said disaster risk reduction programmes will be implemented in vain if communities were not taking active roles.
“Government, in collaboration with various partners, will not relent. It will continue to implement disaster risk reduction programmes aimed at building resilience of communities to disasters,” said Chimulirenji.
He then called upon communities to refrain from malpractices that aggravate the impact of hazards such as floods.
“Let us all refrain from cultivating along river banks and wanton cutting down of trees” said the Vice President.
975 people were affected by floods in T/A Kilupula, in April this year. Government responded by providing the affected with various food and non-food relief items.
On Thursday, Government, through the Department of Disaster Management Affairs, provided 600 bags of maize (each weighing 50kgs) to the affected people.