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The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) on Sunday (20th December, 2020) provided relief assistance to households recently affected by flash floods in Mangochi, almost 48 hours after receiving an official report on the disaster from the District Council.
A total of 144 households were affected by flash floods following heavy rains that poured on 16th December, causing serious damages to houses mostly around Makawa area, T/A Mponda.
Speaking during the provision of relief items to the affected people, DoDMA’s Chief Relief and Rehabilitation Officer, Fyawupi Mwafongo called for coordination and promptness in conducting disaster assessments and submitting reports to the department.
“The council conducted assessments on the 17th of December and immediately submitted a report to the department on the 18th of December. There is good coordination between the local disaster committees, the council and DoDMA and we urge all councils to emulate the gesture, if we were to be responding to the needs of the affected people on time,” said Mwafongo.
He then called upon the general public take heed of early warning messages being provided by the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services to save lives and property as well as to avoid cultivating along river banks, a malpractice he stressed aggravates siltation, leading to floods in most areas.
In his remarks, Director of Administration at Mangochi District Council Dominic Mwandira hailed the department for the prompt response.
“Your [DoDMA’s] timeliness in responding to the needs of the affected people is encouraging. We have received relief assistance just two days after submitting the report,” said Mwandira.
Member of Parliament for the area (Mangochi Central) Victoria Kingstone, concurred with Mwandira and hailed government for the prompt response.
Since July, 2020, DoDMA has reached out to 10,910 households with relief assistance. The package included food and non-food items such as maize/rice, beans, plastic sheets for temporary roofing, kitchen utensil (cups, plates, and buckets).
A total of 12,031 houses have been affected and 23 deaths have been registered (of which 20 died after being hit by lightning. The department has also recorded 166 injuries.
The department, in collaboration with various humanitarian partners, will reach out to all the affected people.
Monday, 21 December 2020 18:18

DoDMA drills communities in camp management

The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) has trained communities in Phalombe, Zomba and Chikwawa in camp management and coordination.
The trained communities will be managing newly constructed evacuation centres in their respective districts and were drawn from members of the Area Civil Protection Committees (ACPCs), which are local structures involved in the implementation of disaster risk management (DRM) programmes at traditional authority level.
The communities have been trained in disaster risk management cycle, camp setting and closing, roles and responsibilities of camp managers, protection of displaced people, human rights safeguarding, protection of the vulnerable and information management.
DoDMA’s Principal Relief and Rehabilitation Officer, Natasha Mbengo, said the training was aimed at equipping communities with knowledge on camp management, for smooth operation of the evacuation centres and maintaining dignity of the displaced people.
Mbengo then called on the communities to ensure that the vulnerable are prioritised in running the centres.
“As managers, it is of paramount importance that you safeguard the rights of any displaced person and pay particular attention to the vulnerable. Children, people with disabilities, the elderly, women and the chronically ill are particularly vulnerable.
“As such, I urge you all to establish sub committees to be looking into issues of protection, human rights, education and health, among others, to ensure that no right is violated and that no one should take advantage of the displaced,” said Mbengo, adding that the training will extend to Mangochi and Balaka Districts where similar evacuation centres have been constructed.
Mbengo further called on the communities to jealously guard the structures, saying they will serve as safe havens in case of displacement.
Chairperson of Jenala ACPC in T/A Jenala, Phalombe, Samson Nakhonyo, described the training as an eye opener and a right step towards ensuring the sustainability of the constructed centres.
“We will develop our own constitution as a committee and most importantly, we will devise ways of generating income for the maintenance of the structures and implementation of disaster risk reduction programmes in our communities,” said Nakhonyo, adding that safeguarding human rights of the displaced will not be compromised.
DoDMA recently constructed five evacuation centres [places designed to host displaced populations from any type of disasters] in five districts of Chikwawa, Balaka, Phalombe, Zomba and Mangochi, with funding from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), formerly known as the Department for International Development (DFID).
The five flood-prone districts were amongst the worst hit during the March 2019 Cyclone Idai-induced floods which displaced about 87, 000 people and affected a total of 15 districts and two cities. The displaced sought refuge in schools, churches and relations’ houses.
The centres are expected to ease pressure on education facilities, especially in circumstances where displaced households seek refuge in nearby schools.
 
Communities surrounding evacuation centres [places designed to host displaced populations from any type of disasters] have started benefiting from the structures, prior to their full operation.
The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) has constructed the centres in five flood-prone districts of Chikwawa (T/A Katunga), Balaka (T/A Amidu), Phalombe (T/A Jenala), Zomba (T/A Mwambo) and Mangochi (T/A Chimwala); with funding from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), formerly Department for International Development (DFID).
The centres will ease pressure on education facilities, especially in circumstances where displaced households seek refuge in nearby schools.
In the pictures, children surrounding the center constructed in Ng’anjo Village, T/A Jenala in Phalombe District, draw water from the facility, for household use as contractors wind up construction works prior to the official handover ceremony of the centres to local authorities.
The Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 (PTF) has warned against laxity in adherence to Covid-19 preventive measures.
Speaking on Wednesday in Thyolo when she addressed the press after visiting the Malawi University of Science and Technology and Thyolo Prison, Co-Chairperson of the taskforce and Minister of Health, Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, said the laxity by some members of the general public in observing basic Covid-19 preventive measures is worrisome.
“Covid-19 is still there and poses a big threat to the nation. We are registering a few cases as compared to some months ago but this does not mean that Covid-19 is over.
“We need not to relax, let us all guard our lives jealously by continuing to observe [Covid-19] preventive measures such as handwashing, social distancing and wearing a mask. Prevention is better than cure,” said Chiponda who, during the visit, was accompanied by two members of the taskforce namely; Monsignor Dr. Patrick Thawale and Innocencia Chirombo.
Commenting on the impression she made out of the visit to MUST and Thyolo Prison, Chiponda said she was impressed by strides made by the two institutions in preventing Covid-19.
“MUST has made great innovations aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19. The university has innovated automatic water dispensers which use sensors. You do not have to touch the tap, water flows automatically just by getting closer to the dispenser and this reduces the risk of infection. I am pleased to learn than the water dispensers have been sold to a number of institutions in the country.
“I am also pleased to note that MUST is working on coming up with various types of ventilators and reusable plastic masks. As for the prison, it is encouraging to note that authorities ensure that the facility is disinfected after every two months,” said Chiponda.
Earlier on Tuesday, Chirombo and Thawale visited Mwanza border, Mbayani Primary School in Blantyre and later had a meeting with Blantyre City and District Councils.
The visits were organised to monitor and appreciate various interventions that are being implemented to prevent, contain and manage Covid-19 pandemic.
Other members of the taskforce visited some districts in the northern region, (Karonga and Mzimba) central region (Dedza) and South East (Zomba, Machinga and Mangochi) on Tuesday and Wednesday.
In the picture, Chiponda washes her hands using the automatic water dispenser upon her arrival at MUST.
The Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 (PTF) has warned against laxity in adherence to Covid-19 preventive measures.
Speaking on Wednesday in Thyolo when she addressed the press after visiting the Malawi University of Science and Technology and Thyolo Prison, Co-Chairperson of the taskforce and Minister of Health, Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, said the laxity by some members of the general public in observing basic Covid-19 preventive measures is worrisome.
“Covid-19 is still there and poses a big threat to the nation. We are registering a few cases as compared to some months ago but this does not mean that Covid-19 is over.
“We need not to relax, let us all guard our lives jealously by continuing to observe [Covid-19] preventive measures such as handwashing, social distancing and wearing a mask. Prevention is better than cure,” said Chiponda who, during the visit, was accompanied by two members of the taskforce namely; Monsignor Dr. Patrick Thawale and Innocencia Chirombo.
Commenting on the impression she made out of the visit to MUST and Thyolo Prison, Chiponda said she was impressed by strides made by the two institutions in preventing Covid-19.
“MUST has made great innovations aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19. The university has innovated automatic water dispensers which use sensors. You do not have to touch the tap, water flows automatically just by getting closer to the dispenser and this reduces the risk of infection. I am pleased to learn than the water dispensers have been sold to a number of institutions in the country.
“I am also pleased to note that MUST is working on coming up with various types of ventilators and reusable plastic masks. As for the prison, it is encouraging to note that authorities ensure that the facility is disinfected after every two months,” said Chiponda.
Earlier on Tuesday, Chirombo and Thawale visited Mwanza border, Mbayani Primary School in Blantyre and later had a meeting with Blantyre City and District Councils.
The visits were organised to monitor and appreciate various interventions that are being implemented to prevent, contain and manage Covid-19 pandemic.
Other members of the taskforce visited some districts in the northern region, (Karonga and Mzimba) central region (Dedza) and South East (Zomba, Machinga and Mangochi) on Tuesday and Wednesday.
In the picture, Chiponda washes her hands using the automatic water dispenser upon her arrival at MUST
The Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 (PTF) has warned against laxity in adherence to Covid-19 preventive measures.
Speaking on Wednesday in Thyolo when she addressed the press after visiting the Malawi University of Science and Technology and Thyolo Prison, Co-Chairperson of the taskforce and Minister of Health, Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, said the laxity by some members of the general public in observing basic Covid-19 preventive measures is worrisome.
“Covid-19 is still there and poses a big threat to the nation. We are registering a few cases as compared to some months ago but this does not mean that Covid-19 is over.
“We need not to relax, let us all guard our lives jealously by continuing to observe [Covid-19] preventive measures such as handwashing, social distancing and wearing a mask. Prevention is better than cure,” said Chiponda who, during the visit, was accompanied by two members of the taskforce namely; Monsignor Dr. Patrick Thawale and Innocencia Chirombo.
Commenting on the impression she made out of the visit to MUST and Thyolo Prison, Chiponda said she was impressed by strides made by the two institutions in preventing Covid-19.
“MUST has made great innovations aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19. The university has innovated automatic water dispensers which use sensors. You do not have to touch the tap, water flows automatically just by getting closer to the dispenser and this reduces the risk of infection. I am pleased to learn than the water dispensers have been sold to a number of institutions in the country.
“I am also pleased to note that MUST is working on coming up with various types of ventilators and reusable plastic masks. As for the prison, it is encouraging to note that authorities ensure that the facility is disinfected after every two months,” said Chiponda.
Earlier on Tuesday, Chirombo and Thawale visited Mwanza border, Mbayani Primary School in Blantyre and later had a meeting with Blantyre City and District Councils.
The visits were organised to monitor and appreciate various interventions that are being implemented to prevent, contain and manage Covid-19 pandemic.
Other members of the taskforce visited some districts in the northern region, (Karonga and Mzimba) central region (Dedza) and South East (Zomba, Machinga and Mangochi) on Tuesday and Wednesday.
In the picture, Chiponda washes her hands using the automatic water dispenser upon her arrival at MUST
The Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 (PTF) has warned against laxity in adherence to Covid-19 preventive measures.
Speaking on Wednesday in Thyolo when she addressed the press after visiting the Malawi University of Science and Technology and Thyolo Prison, Co-Chairperson of the taskforce and Minister of Health, Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, said the laxity by some members of the general public in observing basic Covid-19 preventive measures is worrisome.
“Covid-19 is still there and poses a big threat to the nation. We are registering a few cases as compared to some months ago but this does not mean that Covid-19 is over.
“We need not to relax, let us all guard our lives jealously by continuing to observe [Covid-19] preventive measures such as handwashing, social distancing and wearing a mask. Prevention is better than cure,” said Chiponda who, during the visit, was accompanied by two members of the taskforce namely; Monsignor Dr. Patrick Thawale and Innocencia Chirombo.
Commenting on the impression she made out of the visit to MUST and Thyolo Prison, Chiponda said she was impressed by strides made by the two institutions in preventing Covid-19.
“MUST has made great innovations aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19. The university has innovated automatic water dispensers which use sensors. You do not have to touch the tap, water flows automatically just by getting closer to the dispenser and this reduces the risk of infection. I am pleased to learn than the water dispensers have been sold to a number of institutions in the country.
“I am also pleased to note that MUST is working on coming up with various types of ventilators and reusable plastic masks. As for the prison, it is encouraging to note that authorities ensure that the facility is disinfected after every two months,” said Chiponda.
Earlier on Tuesday, Chirombo and Thawale visited Mwanza border, Mbayani Primary School in Blantyre and later had a meeting with Blantyre City and District Councils.
The visits were organised to monitor and appreciate various interventions that are being implemented to prevent, contain and manage Covid-19 pandemic.
Other members of the taskforce visited some districts in the northern region, (Karonga and Mzimba) central region (Dedza) and South East (Zomba, Machinga and Mangochi) on Tuesday and Wednesday.
In the main picture, Chiponda washes her hands using the automatic water dispenser upon her arrival at MUST.
The Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 (PTF) has warned against laxity in adherence to Covid-19 preventive measures.
Speaking on Wednesday in Thyolo when she addressed the press after visiting the Malawi University of Science and Technology and Thyolo Prison, Co-Chairperson of the taskforce and Minister of Health, Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, said the laxity by some members of the general public in observing basic Covid-19 preventive measures is worrisome.
“Covid-19 is still there and poses a big threat to the nation. We are registering a few cases as compared to some months ago but this does not mean that Covid-19 is over.
“We need not to relax, let us all guard our lives jealously by continuing to observe [Covid-19] preventive measures such as handwashing, social distancing and wearing a mask. Prevention is better than cure,” said Chiponda who, during the visit, was accompanied by two members of the taskforce namely; Monsignor Dr. Patrick Thawale and Innocencia Chirombo.
Commenting on the impression she made out of the visit to MUST and Thyolo Prison, Chiponda said she was impressed by strides made by the two institutions in preventing Covid-19.
“MUST has made great innovations aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19. The university has innovated automatic water dispensers which use sensors. You do not have to touch the tap, water flows automatically just by getting closer to the dispenser and this reduces the risk of infection. I am pleased to learn than the water dispensers have been sold to a number of institutions in the country.
“I am also pleased to note that MUST is working on coming up with various types of ventilators and reusable plastic masks. As for the prison, it is encouraging to note that authorities ensure that the facility is disinfected after every two months,” said Chiponda.
Earlier on Tuesday, Chirombo and Thawale visited Mwanza border, Mbayani Primary School in Blantyre and later had a meeting with Blantyre City and District Councils.
The visits were organised to monitor and appreciate various interventions that are being implemented to prevent, contain and manage Covid-19 pandemic.
Other members of the taskforce visited some districts in the northern region, (Karonga and Mzimba) central region (Dedza) and South East (Zomba, Machinga and Mangochi) on Tuesday and Wednesday.
In the main picture, Chiponda washes her hands using the automatic water dispenser upon her arrival at MUST.
The Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 (PTF) has warned against laxity in adherence to Covid-19 preventive measures.
Speaking on Wednesday in Thyolo when she addressed the press after visiting the Malawi University of Science and Technology and Thyolo Prison, Co-Chairperson of the taskforce and Minister of Health, Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, said the laxity by some members of the general public in observing basic Covid-19 preventive measures is worrisome.
“Covid-19 is still there and poses a big threat to the nation. We are registering a few cases as compared to some months ago but this does not mean that Covid-19 is over.
“We need not to relax, let us all guard our lives jealously by continuing to observe [Covid-19] preventive measures such as handwashing, social distancing and wearing a mask. Prevention is better than cure,” said Chiponda who, during the visit, was accompanied by two members of the taskforce namely; Monsignor Dr. Patrick Thawale and Innocencia Chirombo.
Commenting on the impression she made out of the visit to MUST and Thyolo Prison, Chiponda said she was impressed by strides made by the two institutions in preventing Covid-19.
“MUST has made great innovations aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19. The university has innovated automatic water dispensers which use sensors. You do not have to touch the tap, water flows automatically just by getting closer to the dispenser and this reduces the risk of infection. I am pleased to learn than the water dispensers have been sold to a number of institutions in the country.
“I am also pleased to note that MUST is working on coming up with various types of ventilators and reusable plastic masks. As for the prison, it is encouraging to note that authorities ensure that the facility is disinfected after every two months,” said Chiponda.
Earlier on Tuesday, Chirombo and Thawale visited Mwanza border, Mbayani Primary School in Blantyre and later had a meeting with Blantyre City and District Councils.
The visits were organised to monitor and appreciate various interventions that are being implemented to prevent, contain and manage Covid-19 pandemic.
Other members of the taskforce visited some districts in the northern region, (Karonga and Mzimba) central region (Dedza) and South East (Zomba, Machinga and Mangochi) on Tuesday and Wednesday.
In the picture, Chiponda washes her hands using the automatic water dispenser upon her arrival at MUST.
 
The Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 (PTF) has warned against laxity in adherence to Covid-19 preventive measures.
Speaking on Wednesday in Thyolo when she addressed the press after visiting the Malawi University of Science and Technology and Thyolo Prison, Co-Chairperson of the taskforce and Minister of Health, Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, said the laxity by some members of the general public in observing basic Covid-19 preventive measures is worrisome.
“Covid-19 is still there and poses a big threat to the nation. We are registering a few cases as compared to some months ago but this does not mean that Covid-19 is over.
“We need not to relax, let us all guard our lives jealously by continuing to observe [Covid-19] preventive measures such as handwashing, social distancing and wearing a mask. Prevention is better than cure,” said Chiponda who, during the visit, was accompanied by two members of the taskforce namely; Monsignor Dr. Patrick Thawale and Innocencia Chirombo.
Commenting on the impression she made out of the visit to MUST and Thyolo Prison, Chiponda said she was impressed by strides made by the two institutions in preventing Covid-19.
“MUST has made great innovations aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19. The university has innovated automatic water dispensers which use sensors. You do not have to touch the tap, water flows automatically just by getting closer to the dispenser and this reduces the risk of infection. I am pleased to learn than the water dispensers have been sold to a number of institutions in the country.
“I am also pleased to note that MUST is working on coming up with various types of ventilators and reusable plastic masks. As for the prison, it is encouraging to note that authorities ensure that the facility is disinfected after every two months,” said Chiponda.
Earlier on Tuesday, Chirombo and Thawale visited Mwanza border, Mbayani Primary School in Blantyre and later had a meeting with Blantyre City and District Councils.
The visits were organised to monitor and appreciate various interventions that are being implemented to prevent, contain and manage Covid-19 pandemic.
Other members of the taskforce visited some districts in the northern region, (Karonga and Mzimba) central region (Dedza) and South East (Zomba, Machinga and Mangochi) on Tuesday and Wednesday.
In the picture, Chiponda washes her hands using the automatic water dispenser upon her arrival at MUST.