Britain is providing support to those affected by the floods in Malawi by releasing £3.8 million (about K2,6 billion) through Department for International Development (DfID).
The rains have swept away roads, bridges and destroyed thousands of crops. An estimated 100 000 people have been left homeless.
President Peter Mutharika called for international assistance and declared 15 of the 28 national districts disaster zones.
According to DfID spokeswoman, Britain working with the UN, has provided emergency assistance to those in need.
A DFID spokeswoman said in a statement:“The close links between Scotland and Malawi mean that many people in Scotland will be particularly saddened to learn of the devastation being caused by the floods there.”
According to DfID, support from UK’s £3.8 million fund for disasters in Malawi is providing food and shelter to those affected by the floods.
“We are continuing to monitor the situation for potential further UK support.
“These efforts are complemented by others in Scotland including the Scotland Malawi Partnership. The UK government is also working closely with the Scottish government to provide advice on where their offer of support is best targeted,” DfID spokeswoman said.
Nyasa Times understands that the DFID’s funds are meant for rapid and effective humanitarian response to disasters in Malawi including Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee food response for the whole year and not this disaster only.
Food security has become a major concern as torrential rains are expected to continue in the southern African country where more than 200 people were confirmed dead and many were missing or trapped in inaccessible areas, following flash floods caused by days of torrential rains exacerbated by Tropical Cyclone Bansi.
Meanwhile, the African Union (AU) has said it will provide Malawi with humanitarian assistance as part of efforts to alleviate the suffering of the affected people with the unfortunate calamity of flooding that has killed many people and destroyed thousands of houses across the country.
AU Commission Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said in a statement tthat the assistance will be availed to the government of Malawi as soon as possibleFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :