Malawi govt hails Pope Francis, partners for donations to relieve flood victims

Minister of Information and Communications Technology Henry Mussa has  said government is  pleased with head of the influential Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis,   partners and stakeholders for the assistance rendered towards those affected by floods  which have affected 15 districts across the country.

Mussa: Malawi government is grateful

In a statement on Monday on March 25, 2019,  Mussa said the support was a sign for spiritual closeness and encouragement to the affected people.

“Government is very grateful for the monetary contribution of 150,000 euro from Pope Francis to be distributed equally among the people affected by the incessant rains in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

“The Pope’s contribution expresses his feeling of spiritual closeness and paternal encouragement towards the people and territories affected by the cyclone Idai which hit the three countries,”  the statement reads.

It thanked the Episcopal Conference of Malawi for directing all Catholic Parishes and Churches to dedicate all Sunday collections of the March 31, 2019 towards flood victims as a sign of solidarity with them.

Government has commended the Republic of South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, the United Nations and several other organizations, both local and international and individuals for assistance they have given and continue giving to the country towards the flood victims.

So far, 60 deaths have been recorded following the disasters that affected nearly 184,000 households in Thyolo, Blantyre, Zomba, Mulanje, Phalombe, Mangochi, Chikwawa, Nsanje, Ntcheu and Dowa among others.

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