K2billion for rehabilitation of damaged roads

Minister of Transport and Public Works Francis Kasaila on Thursday revealed that the tentative budget for rehabilitation of damaged roads in flood stricken areas was K2billion. According to Kasaila his ministry is depending on donors to raise some of the money and the rest will come from Government in the next financial year. “We are discussing with donors to help us raise the K2billion to rehabilitate the roads were made impassable due to the floods.”He said. He said World…

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Malawian Embassy in Berlin donates 368 bags of Maize towards flood victims

Following the Declaration by H.E. Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi, on the State of Disaster in worst affected districts of the country by floods, the Malawi Embassy in Berlin, Germany has donated 368 bags of Maize flour towards the disaster response. The Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malawi in the city of Hamburg, Dr. Heiko Meinhardt presented the donation on Thursday on behalf of the Charge de Affaires at the Malawian Embassy in…

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With More Heavy Rains Forecast for Malawi, UN Highlights Need for Donors to Fulfil Aid Pledges

Saturated soils in Malawi are expected to get more rain in the coming days as heavy downpours are aid in the region’s forecast, a spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP) told journalists during a briefing in Geneva today. The situation in flood-hit areas is expected to get worse said Elisabeth Byrs, adding that the agency has continued scaling-up assistance as it tries to reach 370,000 people affected by floods. A total of 1,530 metric tonnes of food is…

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WFP reaches over 200,000 flood victims with food

World Food Programme (WFP) has indicated that it has reached about 210,000 people by with more than 1,500 metric tons of food assistance in eight districts of Chikhwawa, Karonga, Machinga, Mulanje, Nsanje, Ntcheu, Phalombe and Zomba on January end.  According to a press statement released on Tuesday, this week, WFP will dispatch food to Mangochi, Thyolo, Chiradzulu, Blantyre, Salima and Balaka districts. The assistance from the hunger fighting agency consists of maize, beans, vegetable oil and Super Cereal which…

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Republic of Korea donates K75 million worth of items towards disaster response

In response to the declaration State of Disaster by President Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika the government of the Republic of Korea has provided material support valued at $150 000 (approximately K75,000,000.00).  Upon receiving the consignment at Kamuzu International Airport on Tuesday, Kang Won-Joon, Republic of Korea Deputy Chief of Mission said the people of South Korea are saddened by the disaster and would like to offer their heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and all the families affected by…

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Botswana Donates to Malawi Floods Victims

The first of three consignments of relief items towards the assistance of victims of heavy rains and floods from the Botswana Government arrived at Kamuzu International Airport on Friday afternoon. The donation worth US$ 200,000 consists of boats, blankets, cooking oil, maize grain, and corn-beef. “We have very good bilateral relations with Malawi, we are members of SADC, and we regard Malawi as a very good friend and whenever there are such disasters, the Botswana Government feels the need…

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Nsanje needs a 3 year plan to recover

District Commissioner for Nsanje, Harry Phiri, has appealed to government and non-governmental organizations to devise a 3-year recovery plan for Nsanje district and its people to fully recover from the current flood crisis. In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Saturday, Harry Phiri noted that many sectors of development had been affected by the floods, hence the need for a long term recovery program to rebuild the district. He cited the East bank where the roads had…

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Heavy rains cut-off Mangochi – Liwonde road

Heavy rains have cut-off a section of the Mangochi – Liwonde road, inconveniencing motorists and all other road users, the Roads Authority has confirmed. The Authority’s Public Relations Officer, Portia Kajanga confirmed the development in an interview with Malawi News Agency. She said the affected area was Changali, the middle section of the 70kilometres stretch. “Yes, I can confirm to you that the incessant rains have indeed destroyed the road at Changali which is a distance of 33kilometres from…

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More Rains, More Deaths As Floods Across Southern Africa Set to Worsen

Aid agencies raced on Monday to reach tens of thousands of people displaced by catastrophic floods across southern Africa, as more heavy rain was forecast in the coming days. More than 200 people have died in Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar in one of the worst disasters to hit the region in years. Rivers have burst their banks, flooding vast areas and destroying homes, bridges and crops. “After surveying the flooded districts from the air, we know that the scale…

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CISANET calls for solidarity on floods

The Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET) has commended Government for acknowledging with speed the grave situation caused by floods in many parts of the country. CISANET National Director Tamani Nkhono-Mvula noted on Monday that the move has not only raised awareness about the crisis but also triggered swift responses from donors and the international community. While appreciating government’s overall support towards the victims, Nkhono-Mvula suggested  the need to come up with measures that could help avert ‘the looming hunger…

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