Government through the Department of Disaster Management Affairs, on Sunday, 1st August, 2021 provided coffins, transportation and financial support towards funeral arrangements to 21 families whose relations died in a road accident in Ntcheu District.
Twenty-one people (18 adults and three children under the age of three) died while nine sustained various degree of injuries when a 36-seater minibus they were travelling in collided with a truck at Mlanda in Ntcheu District during the wee hours of Sunday. The departed and the injured were part of a Nchalo-based women’s guild (commonly referred to as Chi Secret) who had paid a visit to their Ntcheu counterparts on Thursday and were heading back home.
Government has also provided financial support to the injured persons to cater for expenses during their stay in hospital.
Speaking at Dedza District Hospital during a ceremony organised to see off members of the bereaved families and the injured who have since been referred to Chikwawa District Hospital, Deputy Director of Disaster Response Fyawupi Mwafongo said the government was deeply saddened by the accident.
In his remarks, District Commissioner for Ntcheu Francis Matewere; commended government for the in-kind, financial and moral support.