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Life Concern Organization (LICO) recently responded to government plea for help towards people who were affected by flash floods in Rumphi by donating assorted relief items to 89 affected households in the district. 

Several households were left homeless and destitute after their houses were demolished and property swept away by floods at Rumphi boma following heavy rains that forced Mawelewere River to swell and flood.

Among the affected villages were Chikalamba, Mlongoti, Jeyeka, Chilambilo, Malima, Teleka, Vyalema, Mputa, Mtundulu, Mkhwema, Gomeka and Luwiwa.

Over 600 households were affected by the floods

LICO Executive Director Peter Gondwe said his organization felt compelled to assist after the civil protection committees together with the district council had concluded their assessments

Gondwe said he felt saddened by the people who were left destitute following the floods hence the intervention.

The organization donated hampers to 100 affected households. Each hamper contained cook oil, laundry and bathing soap, blankets, salt, maize flour and clothes.

A further 200 children were supported with blankets and clothes. From this figure 60 children will also be supported with school uniform

Gondwe said the donation was made possible with financial assistance Elma, South Africa based non-government organization.

He said the donation is three fold as his organization target the same households with relief items for two more months in order to alleviate their plight.

Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA) Desk Officer for Rumphi Alufeyo Mhango hailed LICO for the timely support which he said will go a long way in assisting the people as they recover from their losses.

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