After learning about the flood disaster near where CitiHope has a food program, our local staff responded. Gabriel is our Operations Manager, and here is his update:
Yesterday evening we had a very heavy hailstorm which has caused a number of damages. Trees along the road collapsed, roofs of houses and schools blown off and bill boards being bent while others completely collapsing on the ground. Our two telephone lines were broken. Praise God they have been fixed this afternoon. Dennis and his assistant left yesterday for Chitipa to deliver food, and the unfortunate part is that they spent a night on the way because their car got stuck in the mud. They are now out of the mud and have delivered to Chitipa. They are on their way back now to Mzuzu. I don’t know what time they are going to arrive.
I went to Karonga to deliver food and found out more about the flood disasters in Karonga and how best to help the victims. The official told me that if we have food products and money for gas, they could identify a truck to pick up the commodity and care for the driver’s allowances.
Let me also inform you that some of our cartons of soup have been damaged by rats. The day before yesterday, we managed to kill one. Have a look on the packets attacked by mice.