Lilongwe, 05 February, 2022 / 4:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The people of God in Malawi’s Southern and Central regions are living in distress at the camps where they are seeking refuge following Tropical Storm Ana, the National Coordinator of the development arm of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) has said.
In an interview with ACI Africa, the National Coordinator of the Catholic Development Commission in Malawi (CADECOM) said that while the rains have stopped, it might take a while for the lives of Malawians dwelling in the affected regions to return to normal.
“The situation is really dire. We have households that have been displaced. In Chikwawa District (in Chikwawa Catholic Diocese), which is the most affected, we have over 10,000 households in camps,” Chimwemwe Sakunda said during the Wednesday, February 2 interview.
While the heavy rains have stopped, Mrs. Sakunda said most of the places are still water-logged and as a result, essential services have been disrupted.
“Some health centres are not working as they have been flooded; schools have been disrupted; some roads have been completely cut off, and this has disrupted humanitarian aid in the region,” she said.