By Grace Kapatuka:
The department of disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) on Saturday started providing relief food items to over 1000 households that were affected by stormy rains in Salima last week.
On November 24, 2021, Salima experienced stormy rains for over five hours which destroyed people’s houses and property of over 1000 households in traditional Authorities of Maganga, Kalonga, Pemba and Kambwiri.
Dodma’s Public Relations Officer, Chipiliro Khamula said the department has since provided 520 bags of maize, plastics pails, cups, plates, blankets and plastic sheets to assist the affected households in TA Maganga and Kalonga.
“The distribution started on Saturday to the affected families who were in need of food, shelter and kitchen utensils. The items provided include a plastic sheet for temporary roofing and housing units in some instances,” said Khamula.
On November 27, 2012, the distribution exercise started in TA Kalonga and on November 28, the exercise continued in TA Maganga.
Acting Relief and Rehabilitation Officer (RRO) for Salima Moses Kaufulu told Mana that OXFAM has also shown interest to assist another 500 households with cash amounting to 25,000 kwacha per household in what they call Crisis Modifier Assistance.
He said the organization is expected to start the cash distribution to the 500 households “possibly on Monday” November 29.
“The Crisis Modifier Assistance is a once off funds transfer to assist the affected households access their most basic needs as they wait for further assistance,” he said.
According to Khamula, other households will benefit from DODMA’s response, while others will benefit from what OXFAM is going to provide.
Anita Sefasi of TA Kalonga thanked government for the timely assistance which she said will help them get back to state they were in before that disaster.
“It may take time yes for us to get back but at least we have something to start from considering that we didn’t even have shelter. These relief items will help us a lot,” said Sefasi.
According to data provided by the district council, the stormy rains affected about 1, 167 households of which 867 had their roofs partially of fully blown off and 53 households had their houses completely destroyed.