A friend in need is a friend indeed, so goes the old adage. This was proved true on Saturday and Sunday in Phalombe district when members of Asian Muslim Relief Aid (Amra) donated assorted items to thousands of people displaced with devastating floods that hit most parts of the district.
The bsinesspersons of Asian descent mobilised K 300 million to be used in buying and distributing humanitarian assistance to flood
victims across the country.
Heavy rainfall in Malawi swept many homes away and damaged thousands of hectares of agricultural crops. Government statistics show that over 600, 000 people have been displaced killing 176 others in the process.
Amra’s member Aamir Jakhura said the assistance has gone to 6,500 affected families in the areas of traditional areas Jenala, Nazombe and Kaduya.
Each household is receiving a pack of assorted items worth MK20, 000 and MK2, 000 in cash.
“The relief pack consists of 10kg maize flour, 1 roll of black sheeting, 2kg maize seed, 25 water guard water purification sachets, 1 blanket, kitchen utensils consisting of 7 plates, 7 mugs, 7 spoons, 7 ndiwo (relish) plates, book, 2 packets of soya pieces, 1 mosquito net, 1 plastic Bucket and 1 plastic basin,” Jakura said.
The organization, whose motto is ‘brother in need is a brother indeed’, had also provided similar relief aid to the floods victims in the southern districts of Mangochi, Chikwawa, Nsanje and Blantyre urban areas.
Jakhura commended fellow members of Amra for dedication in the relief distribution exercise and he however called for more support from other well-wishers so that they should reach out to many more victims in other areas.
“There are substantial discussions at logistical level on our plans to reach out to victims in other areas therefore we are appealing for assistance in terms of contributions,” he said.
In an earlier statement the organizations said interested well-wishers are advised to send their donation through Islamic Zakaat Fund in Limbe.
Speaking after presenting the items in the area of traditional authority (T/A) Nankumba in mangochi,Amra spokesperson Faizal Aboo said the organisation raised the resources following government’s call to the private sector, the international community and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to assist in easing the plight of flood victims.
Torrential rain triggered floods in early January, affecting some 900 000 people across Malawi.
Thousands of people have been trapped in remote or flooded areas, cut off from medical care and other aid. Others are staying in cramped emergency shelters, where the risk of infectious diseases is high, aid workers said.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :