DoDMA hands over to community K 263 million evacuation Centre
By Mary Makhiringa
Balaka, Mana: Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) Friday handed over an evacuation centre worthy K263 million to communities at Traditional Authority (TA) Amidus area in Balaka to accommodate the displaced families in time of disaster.
Mkwekwere Centre has been constructed with funding from DFID under Prosper Project to accommodate people affected by floods, hailstorm and other forms of disasters.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, Member of Parliament for Balaka Central East, Chifundo Makande thanked DoDMA for the Centre saying apart from changing the face of the area; it would go a long way in helping all the disaster affected with shelter.
He commended DoDMA for handing over the centre saying this was a good was to respond to disaster.
“We are blessed and favored, we have four constituencies in Balaka, and I hear we only have structures like these in Balaka and Mangochi in the whole eastern region,” Makande said.
The Parliamentarian thanked TA Amidu for allocating a land for the construction of the evacuation centre saying this was a good gesture.
“This Centre will help when disasters occurs, of late we have seen peoples houses being blown off by hailstorm as a lot of people will be accommodated.” Makande said while asking the communities to take care of the centre.
Director of Administration, who is Balaka Acting District Commissioner, Darwin Mgoli said the community should own and take good care of the facility.
“This is what we call development, things that we never imagined that we will have, this areas face has been changed completely, all we need to do as a community is to work together and make sure that this center is taken care of,” he said.
Village Civil Protection Committee (VCPC), Vice Chairman, Abdulrahman Mussa said community participation throughout the construction of the evacuation centre has really paid off while commending the communities for working tirelessly.
“We have arranged that we open a bank account that will be used to keep money realized from this centre,” he said.
The VCPC Chairperson said the evacuation centre would be used for other events other than hosting people affected by disaster.
“When there are no victims at the centre, we will be letting it out to people who would like to hold their meetings, weddings and other events for a fee so that the money is used to pay up watch men as you know that there are valuable items at this centre, ” Mussa added.