Britain releases K2.6bn to assist Malawi flood victims : AU pledge support

A medic takes care of a child found wandering aimlessly at Sammy's Relief Camp in Chikwawa District, near Blantyre, Malawi. (Thoko Chikondi, AP)

A medic takes care of a child found wandering aimlessly at Sammy’s Relief Camp in Chikwawa District, near Blantyre, Malawi. (Thoko Chikondi, AP)

Aerial view of the flooded Nsanje district.- Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

Aerial view of the flooded Nsanje district.- Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

Relocating: Woman displaced by floods with her child.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

Relocating: Woman displaced by floods with her child.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

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 possible

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Me, Myself and I
Guest

Let’s not point fingers at each other rather, thank all countries that have stretched their hands to help our brothers and sisters in the affected Districts with floods.

makonzo
Guest

Thanks very much baba UK for the timely assistance.

jimbo
Guest

Comment No.3 Mr Chiwaya has the saying the wrong way round. It should read ‘A friend in need is a friend indeed!’ Where are those commentators who love to say that Britain should keep its aid, Malawi doesn’t need it? Those stupid people need to realise that Britain is Malawi’s best friend and is always ready to help when help is required. Has any aid come from the Chinese, the Russians, the Red Crescent, the African Union? You find out who your friends are when you need them. If they don’t show, they are not your friends.

mlomwe original
Guest

Britain let me warn you.if you give this money directly to malawi govt you will regret your tax payers money,i advise you to assist the victims through organisations

frank
Guest

Nanga inu aboma muthandizapo chiyani? Koma ndalamazo zikabwera iwe pitala ndi gulu lanko wosati upitise m’mathumba mwanu

KING SOLOMONS PALACEO
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KING SOLOMONS PALACEO

WHERE R THE BRICS?!! BRAZIL,RUSSIA,INDIA,CHINA SOUTH AFRICA??! APM MUST KNOW DAT YOU DO NOT FORCE FRIENDSHIP.

ujeni
Guest

Nsanje should not be a human habitable place. That place should have been left for beds. Relocate everybody to Chikwawa and Blantyre and end this yearly waste of time and money evacuating and feeding people

Kasenye
Guest

Floodgate Iyendepo. Beam, Mulipo?

wakukaya
Guest

iwe number 2 zikusonyeza kuti amayi amathandiza nanga pano alipo nanga inu mwachita chani ? muzikhala ndi mtima wachikondi

Citizen X
Guest

What about that BEAM charity organization, how much has it donated, if fact all those fake NGOs in malawi we want to know about their donations?????? come forward please and inform us. there was also a 2seater little airplane donated to BEAM!!!!! is it in the air helping these victims or was it sold too”airplanegate”??????

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