Scores of people affected by floods in Malawi’s Nsanje district are stranded in Mozambique.
Nsanje District Commissioner Harry Phiri confirmed the development in an interview, and said most of those seeking refuge in Mozambique were from the area of Chief Nyachikadza.
“We have managed to rescue thousands of people into the camps however the exercise is far from over as others are still trapped and need to be rescued. For example over 1000 people from Nyachikadza are stranded in Mozambique and need to be moved,” explained Phiri in an interview with Malawi News agency.
Water navigation challenges have made air based rescue mission the only possible alternative. However, Phiri said the rescue missions cannot go ahead unless an agreement is reached with the Mozambican government.
“We are waiting for the central government to discuss the issue with the Mozambican government. Right now, we cannot say when the people will be moved as we are waiting for the discussions,” he said.
The Nsanje District Commissioner further suggested that Maputo should provide support to Malawian nationals stranded in its soil just Lilongwe was doing with 200 Mozambican nationals stranded in Malawi due to floods.
Currently over 85, 000 people have been affected by floods and over 150 people are feared dead in Nsanje alone.