World Bank Pumps K250million Into North Rukulu River Dyke Rehabilitation

Government will from August this year start rehabilitating North Rukulu River dyke to the tune of K254 million from World Bank to control perennial flush floods to areas around Karonga Boma.

Speaking Wednesday at Rukulu Primary School during a visit to Disaster Risk Reduction clubs, Karonga District Disaster Management Officer, Oswell Mkandawire said government will rehabilitate the dyke through the Malawi Flood Emergency Recovery Project.

“We will from August this year start rehabilitation works for the dilapidated dyke to control flooding of the river which causes havoc in schools and communities around the Boma.

“We will soon be conducting sensitization meetings with Village Development Committees (VDCs) to ensure people are aware about the new development in their area,” Mkandawire said.

Mweniyumba VDC secretary, Chimwemwe Munthali proposed that the rehabilitation works should start from Rukulu Primary School saying it is where the dyke was severely damaged.

“Most flood water passes through this school to other parts of Karonga town,” the VDC secretary said.

The Disaster Risk Reduction Clubs are under safe schools and inclusive education project implemented by Foundation for Community Support Services (FOCUS).

FOCUS organization is implementing the project in nine schools in the disaster prone area of Paramount Chief Kyungu to maintain a safe learning environment and plan for educational continuity in case of emergencies.

Executive director for the organization, Kossam Munthali said the project has trained 675 learners through the clubs to strengthen their knowledge and awareness through peer to peer activities.

“We also have conducted reforestation exercise and tree seedlings distribution to the schools to enhance safety from strong winds, among other activities.

“We also make sure that children with disability are not left behind through construction of disability friendly infrastructures,” Munthali said.

The four-year project is supported by Plan International to the tune of US$150,000 (K108.9 million) and will run up to 2019.