The government of the People’s Republic of China has donated K36 million to Malawi to enable government respond to the needs of flood victims in the country.
The Chinese Charge de Affairs in Malawi, Wang Xiusheng, presented the K36 million cheque through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Capital Hill in Malawi’s Capital Lilongwe last week.
Xiusheng also announced that 4000 tonnes of rice from China were on their way to Malawi while 2000 tonnes had already arrived in the country as part of food aid to the flood victims.
The devastating floods swept across 13 districts in Malawi, more especially in the southern part of the country, killing 56 people and livestock and damaging property and numerous hacters of farmland. About 400,000 households are reported to have been adversely affected by the floods.
The donation is the latest in the flow of such generous gestures from many good samaritans within the country, across the borders and abroad to help government effectively respond to the disaster, which Xiusheng described as very painful.
“Our hearts are with the government and the people of Malawi for the loss of lives, livestock and property. We share the pain and suffering the people of Malawi are going through because of these floods. It is with this feeling that we have come forward with this assistance,” said Xiusheng.
He added that Chinese companies back home and here in Malawi are also mobilising resources and will soon hand them over to relevant authorities so that the flood victims are assisted accordingly.
The Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ben Botolo, commended China for the donation, saying the World’s emerging super power is indeed a friend in need to Malawi.
“The assistance is timely and binds our bilateral relations spanning 11 years now. I assure the Government and the people of China that the money and the rice will really be channelled to the flood victims,” said Botolo.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :