Govt sets aside K1.6bn for cyclone Freddy interventions

Minister of Finance Sosten Gwengwe says the government has set aside K1.6 billion to help those affected by cyclone Freddy.

Gwengwe also disclosed that some of the money in the yet to be approved national budget will be redirected towards cyclone Freddy recovery plan.

Ministers Gwengwe, Chimwendo and others

In this regard, he said, he will be appealing to members of parliament to
redirect some of the resources in the newly presented national budget towards recovery efforts.

Meanwhile, the Department of Disaster Management Affairs, humanitarian partners and councils continue to facilitate the provision of relief assistance to affected and displaced households.

The search and rescue operations are led by the Malawi Defence Force, the Malawi Police Service, the Department of Marine, the Malawi Red Cross Society and communities underway.

So far, DoDMA indicates it has readily available relief items in strategic places and has since dispatched the items for use by displaced and affected communities.

Still on relief efforts, FDH Financial Holdings has allocated K100 million to government for relief aid in areas affected by cyclone Freddy.

The Group’s Head of Marketing and Communication, Levie Nkunika said the move is aimed at contributing towards resource mobilization, which government has embarked on towards the disaster relief.

President Lazarus Chakwera declared Malawi a state of disaster yesterday on Tuesday.

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