By Chisomo Phiri
Government has announced that it will from October 20, 2023 start allocating land to residents in flood prone areas of Blantyre to Mapanga relocation site in the district.
Deputy Minister of Local Government, Unity and Culture Owen Chomanika disclosed this at a press briefing in Lilongwe as Malawi joined the global community in commemorating World Habitat Day and World Cities Day which fall on every first Monday of October and October 31 respectively.
Chomanika said the government has allocated 300 hectares of land at Mapanga especially for those residing in Soche mountain to protect them from future disasters.
“We want to move these people before the rains start and we will do this before the end of this month. We will make sure there are enough houses and easy access roads,” he said.
The Deputy Minister then called on well-wishes to support the course by constructing houses and roads at the site as well as civic educating the people.
Blantyre is one of the Malawi’s southern region districts that were hit hard by Cyclone Freddy.