The First Lady Madam Gertrude Mutharika on Friday commended Plan International for their support in assisting floods victims in the country.
Mutharika speaking at the launch of the disaster management by Plan Malawi at Thuruwe primary school ground, in Mulanje thanked the organisation for their support to over 3600 households in Mulanje district alone which will be in five sectors of child protection, nutrition, education in emergencies, water and sanitation.
“Plan Malawi should be commended for their support in the humanitarian crisis,” the First Lady said.
“My message is that lets join hands to assist our friends who have been affected. This tragedy is so enormous and the situation of these people is so dire because they have lost everything,” she added.
She appealed for more support from companies, organizations, and individuals to join forces and continue to provide more assistance to the affected families.
Plan Malawi Country Director, Mrs Lily Omondi said they responded to the call by President Peter Mutharika for support.
She said Plan Malawi has committed K100 million to assist the floods victims first within Mulanje district where they will be supporting over 3600 households which is about 20,000 people and mainly targeting about 2000 children in the district before they go in other districts that have been hit with the floods in collaboration
with other international partners.
She said so far they have already received K26 million from UNICEF on the project to support other districts.
During the launch of the disaster response program, Plan Malawi distributed mattresses, blankets, buckets and Likuni phala to over 165 people who are camping at Thuruwe primary school.
Plan has also made commitment to erect emergency latrines in some of the camps to improve overall hygiene and sanitation as one way of preventing outbreak of waterborne diseases.
According to District Commissioner for Mulanje district, Jack Nguluwe, the district has 12,500 families that are affected by the floods and over 80,000 people have been displaced and they have 12 camps in the district
He also said 3600 hectares of maize has been washed away due to the floods and 88 cows are also gone with the floods.
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