Floods Affect MEC Operations

By Yamikani Yapuwa Malawi Electoral Commission has disclosed that the recent floods that occurred in the Southern Region significantly affected its operations. According to a press release issued on Tuesday, MEC’s Chief Elections Officer, Sam Alfandika said the commission has rescheduled ballot paper vetting exercise in some districts as candidates were unable to travel to their respective councils due to severe weather. “Being an election period, the operations of the commission were also affected. The commission failed to conduct…

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Relief Maize Go Missing

About 27 bags of relief maize from the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA) meant for distribution to vulnerable households in Mulanje District have gone missing. According to a report presented to a full council meeting on Monday by Mulanje District Council Agriculture Committee, about 27 bags of maize went missing during distribution while 14 bags were destroyed by weevils and 43 were in shortage. The situation has affected about 84 households meant to receive a 50-kilogram bag of…

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DoDMA Hands Over MK90 Million Worth Materials To Civil Protection Committees

The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) has handed over equipment worth K90 million to 50 civil protection committees (CPCs) from four districts of Karonga, Phalombe, Dedza and Nsanje to help ease their disaster risk management (DRM) operations. CPCs are local structures involved in DRM activities at village, area and district levels. Speaking on Thursday in Dedza District when he presided over the official handover ceremony of the equipment, Commissioner for Disaster Management Affairs Clement Chinthu Phiri, called upon…

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Floods Kill Three in Karonga

Latest reports on the ongoing assessments of Karonga floods indicate that three people have been killed and that 818 households have been affected. The reports further state that three children sustained various degree of injuries as a result of collapsed houses but received timely medical attention and are back on their feet. The presidency has since condoled the bereaved families and has promised the affected households that government will employ all measures to ensure that they…

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Irrigation Key to Sustainable Food Security- Chilima

Vice President and Minister of Disaster Management Affairs Dr. Saulos Chilima says the country needs to adopt new irrigation technologies if it were to make strides in ending persistent food insecurity. Dr Chilima made the observation on Tuesday when he visited families affected by recent floods in Nkhotakota district The Vice President’s call comes at a time when the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) is implementing the 2017/18 Lean Season Food Insecurity Response Plan to assist over one…

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Malawi Disaster Kills 16 People, 17, 585 Households Affected

The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) says since October last year, disasters have affected 17, 585 households, which is approximately 96,000 people. DoDMA’s Chief Relief and Rehabilitation Officer Fyawupi Mwafongo says the disasters, which include strong winds, heavy rains, flash floods, stormy rains, lightning and hailstorms among others, have struck 20 districts, two cities and municipal council in the country, leading to the death of 16 people and causing various degree of injuries to 97 persons, with thousands…

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Minister Applauds Organizations For Supporting Disaster Victims

Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Samuel Tembenu has applauded Sharjah Charity International and other well-wishers for responding to a call for support to Salima disaster victims. Tembenu made the sentiments this week at Kamuzu Road Emergency camp when Sharjah International Aid donated 1000 bags of maize grain worth K7.5 million to all the disaster victims in the district. “I am here today because I am concerned with what these people are facing, that is why as government and…

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Ministry of Education Calls for Speed in Development of DRM Source Book

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) has called on all stakeholders to speed up the processes in the development of a Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Source Book for Primary Schools. Principal Inspector of Schools in the Department of Inspection and Advisory Services under MoEST, Jennings Kayira, made the call on Monday in Machinga on the commencement of a two-week workshop aimed at consolidating and refining the book basing on comments highlighted by DRM stakeholders, upon sharing of…

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