Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has donated relief items worth K3.5 million to families affected by recent floods in the northern region.
The donation was made to one of six camps at Kawuwa where affected people affected by floods and landslides in Mzuzu City are seeking refuge.
Over 3,000 households were affected by the floods in Mzuzu city, and the camp that benefited from the MRA donation has 320 people.
MRA board chair Evelyn Mwapasa said the tax collecting body had to respond in this way as the affected households are tax-payers in one way or the other.
“As the country’s tax collecting body, we sympathize with the families that either lost their loved ones or property. As such, we decided to come and donate relief items. We have brought four tents, 300 plastic buckets, 1000 cups and plastic sheets,” said Mwapasa.
“We know that, in one way or the other, these people are our tax-payers and, as per our state president’s call, we decided to respond in this way,” she added.
To avoid a repeat of a disaster of this magnitude in the future, Mzuzu City Council desires to relocate those living in the flood-prone areas such as Masasa and Chibanja.
“Indeed some people have decided to leave the camps and start reconstructing their houses but others still feel helpless and continue to stay in these camps as you can see. As a council, we will continue to monitor the situation and provide necessary support to them. We are therefore thankful to MRA for the kind gesture,” said Councilor Mkandawire, Mayor of Mzuzu City Council.
There are also fears that prolonging the stay of these people in the camps may breed the dependency syndrome and promiscuous behaviors among them.
Due to the dry spells in some parts of the country and floods in Mzuzu and others areas, Government declared Malawi a Disaster area.