Britain increases Malawi support to flood victims

Britain has increased its funding to Malawi response t o provide more food, blankets and essential supplies for the thousands of people who have lost their homes due to the floods in Malawi.

Justine Greening: UK steps up support to victims of Malawi floods

Justine Greening: UK steps up support to victims of Malawi floods

UK’s International Development Secretary Justine Greening  announced on Thursday that the increase of the support  will include food for 370,000 people and improved access to water and sanitation for 34,000 people to prevent the spread of disease.

The Department for International Development (DFID)’s £4.1 million funding is also supporting early recovery efforts to enable people to rebuild their livelihoods which have been devastated by the floods.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of life in Malawi due to the floods. The UK has been quick off the mark to deliver emergency aid so that food, cook stoves and other vital supplies are getting through to families who have had to leave their homes and belongings,” said Justine Greening MP.

He said Britain is also “working hard”  to enable families displaced by the floods who are currently living in camps “to return home as the water subsides, to rebuild their homes and replant the crops Malawians have lost.”

Greening said the UK is working with UNICEF, World Food Programme, Concern Universal, GOAL Malawi and other international NGOs  to ensure that support reaches those that need it most, in line with the Government of Malawi’s Preliminary Response Plan.

In addition, the UK  said it is monitoring the situation on the ground so that it can respond to possible disease outbreaks.

DFID said the funding is coming from its “existing budget for Malawi without affecting activity in other programmes.”

The UK has now allocated a total of £7.5 million to support disaster relief efforts in Malawi.

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12 thoughts on “Britain increases Malawi support to flood victims”

  1. Mhesia says:

    Aid that comes in this way allows a lot of monies go back to the Britons pockets.

  2. Wake up Malawi , account for every coin as we still have baskets full of dirty linen to wash, cashgate has costed us alot. So lets come out clean & show that we are realy serious. Thank u our donors.

  3. john says:

    Britain should come forward to build the damaged infrastructure, even if it means you managing the resources. We need bridges at Chiromo and road maintenance in most parts

  4. kapambwe says:

    This is really great, but are they going to be doing the same every year?
    In as much as we appreaciate, let the teach the Malawian’s to fish. We are aware that this used not to happen in the 1970’s; 1980’s till democracy came in. They assisted us to learn what democracy is all about. They should also tell the Malawian politicians to have the political will of caring for trees. Where is the Ndirande Forest? Where is the Soche Forest? Where are the trees at ITG in Limbe and all over Malawi. Is this not happening because of overcutting of trees? Where can’t some politician forsake the VOTE and suggest that anybody found cutting a tree must either plant 100 or save 10 years in prison? Just because of a vote, we are letting a Coronation Dam that was dug in the 1930’s die a nutural death just because of 13,000 Ndirande Votes which when split amongst the parties the successful party only gets maybe 3,000. Where is Hynde Dam which was supporting the Coronation Dam? The so called Indian’s of Malawi origing have behaved very well, they don’t cultivate along the Dams. Why can’t the Malawian who keeps blaming Blantyre Water Board Management learn to behave and follow suit like the Indian way who have errected a wall to prevent the Dams from drying-up. Because of Democracy?
    Bingu chased away street vendors yet they voted vehemently for him in 2009. Let us reclaim our forests and have our Dams back in their proper perspective and bring back the smiles. Obwela fron the villages are the ones who devious. WE NEED POLITICIANS WITH POLITICAL WILL. Hon Mp’s sorrounding these arrears and our Learned Mayor come up with some reasonableness to bring back sanity in Blantyre and the whole of Malawi. That is why you are occupying those positions. Please, please I emplore you.

  5. kwangu says:

    Hypocritical is the word

  6. timothy mandambwe says:

    God Bless.

  7. Thitherward Wendo says:

    While disaster relief is always gratefully received, projects aimed at disaster prevention are more effective.

  8. happening boy says:

    Real friend will always be considerate, thank you Britain.

  9. Mr Phiri says:

    Ambuye alemekezeke.

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