Malawi government in partnership with its stakeholders has rolled out a Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) following devastating floods that hit about 15 districts in the country in January.
The exercise started on February 22 and will end this week on March 6.
The purpose of PDNA is to assess the socio-economic impact of the floods and define a strategy for recovery including its financial implications–from restoration of services to complete rehabilitation and reconstruction of livelihoods and the economy, while ensuring future resilience to floods amongst the affected communities, according to Paul Chiunguzeni, Secretary and Commissioner for Disaster Management Affairs.
Districts being assessed are Nsanje, Chikwawa, Phalombe, Zomba, Blantyre, Chiradzulu, Thyolo, Mulanje, Balaka, Machinga, Mangochi, Ntcheu, Salima, Rumphi and Karonga.
“The assessment team will obtain information from various government offices but will also visit affected communities on the ground.
“Government would like to request communities to cooperate with, and support the teams as they validate information,” said Chiunguzeni.
According to him, the information obtained will help the team produce a PDNA report sector by sector, which he claimed, will be presented to stakeholders by March 20 2015.
Based on the PDNA report, the PDNA team will produce a Recovery and Reconstruction Framework, which will present early, medium and long term recovery and reconstruction needs with indicative and a timeline.
The assessment team has over 80 participants from government line ministries and departments, United Nations agencies, the World Bank, the European Union and other international non-governmental organization.