Malawi former president Joyce Banda says she is “deeply saddened” by the extent of damage to property and loss of lives due to heavy flooding caused by persistent rainfall that the southern African country has experienced over the past few days.
According to a statement released by her office on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, Banda condoles the bereaved families that have lost loved ones following the disaster.
“Similarly, the former Head of State would like to sympathize with Malawians who have lost various property, including houses,” reads the statement in part.
The former Head of State also commended her successor and incumbent President Peter Mutharika for declaring a State of Disaster following the unprecedented floods.
“This declaration will ensure speedy mobilization of humanitarian assistance from local and international well-wishers to alleviate the suffering that the victims are currently facing,” noted former president Banda.
In the statement, Banda encourages all Malawians to unite in helping the victims of this disaster “without regard to political, religious, tribal and racial extraction”.
“The former Head of State joins Malawians in praying for all the victims of this tragedy so that their lives may return to normal quickly,” concludes the statement.
President Mutharika declared a state of national disaster after floods in 15 of the country’s 28 districts affected 47,000 households.
He appealed to the international community for help, including supplying temporary housing and food.
According to Malawi press reports, flood waters and debris forced the shutdown of generators and the Tedzani and Nkula power stations, citing Nkula manager Steven Kayira.
About 124 megawatts of the national grid’s 351 megawatts were unavailable, it was reported.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :