THABA-TSEKA – A five-day workshop was held for four districts in Lesotho which prone to natural disasters and hazards in different seasons.

At least 27 participants from Botha-Bothe, Qacha’s Nek, Quthing and Thaba-Tseka were taught on how to map disaster prone places in their communities with the aim of building strategic branches that would respond during disasters.

According to Mr. Maine Makula, the Lesotho Red Cross Society (LRCS) Disaster Management Officer, the workshop discussed ways in which indigenous knowledge of the communities regarding weather forecast could be combined with scientific means.

“This will help us to be better prepared for any disaster or hazard before, during and afterwards,” Mr. Maine said.

The participants were also taught on the following topics; public speaking, using Whatsapp and other forms of communicating through social media for alerting others close-by about the possibility of disaster or hazard and First Aid training.

The workshop was held as a follow up to psychosocial support sessions held for the community of Linakeng and survivors of the taxi accident that claimed the lives of eight passengers at Linakaneng River in Thaba-Tseka in April this year.

A participant at the workshop who was also a survivor of the accident Mr. Peo Mokoalelei said: “I had nightmares after the accident, I would sweat at night but through the counseling I received from the Red Cross my life has improved a lot and the community is no longer blaming one another for the loss.”