Kabambe sounds SOS for Cyclone Freddy victims in Phalombe

By Chisomo Phiri

One of the Democratic Progressive Party ( DPP) Presidential Aspirants and Former Reserve Bank of Malawi Dalitso Kabambe has encouraged those involved in humanitarian efforts for Cyclone Freddy victims from both the public and private sectors to reach out to the hard to reach areas where the damage caused by the cyclone is enormous.

Kabambe was speaking on Thursday at Thom Trading Centre, in Chiringa, Phalombe district where people in the area of Traditional Authority ( TA) Nazombe have been displaced following the cyclone which has affected most parts of the Southern Region.

Kabambe, who has managed to raise over K18 million to help those who have been affected by Cyclone Freddy in many parts of the southern region of the country said he is touched by the catastrophic and overwhelming impact of the cyclone in the Phalombe district.

“There is a need for the government and other agencies to pay attention to people in the rural areas where support is becoming difficult to reach due to the roads that are impassable,” he said.

On his part,Member of Parliament for Phalombe East, Robert Mwina commended Kabambe’s efforts in assisting affected areas in her constituency.

The MP went on to make a call to all stakeholders that are coordinating the relief efforts to assist people of his area where about twelve bridges have been destroyed .

In Phalombe, 50 deaths of the cyclone freddy have been recorded while hundred other people are missing.

About 20 thousand people have been displaced but no camp has been set up to accommodate the victims.