Malawi President visits flood victims and distributes relief goods

President Peter Mutharika  on Tuesday  started visiting areas affected by floods that have rendered about 114 000 people in about 10 districts in the country destitute and has assured people wthat government would do everything it could to ensure that they have all the necessary humanitarian support required.

President and First Lady in Mangochi to visit flood victims
Mutharika inspecting the relief items for flood victims in Mangochi
In Balaka: Mutharika promised a sustained national effort to rebuild flood-ravaged parts of the country
Mutharika offered sympathy to flood victims in Balaka as he distributed relief items
Minister of Homeland Security Nicholous Dausi help in giving out relief items in Balaka
Mutharika’s first stop was in Balaka District  at Kanyimbo Village in Traditional Authority Nkaya where
the floods killed at least 6 people and left many other injured and homeless.
Later the President visited and cheered flood victims at Mponda Evacuation Centre in the area of Senior Chief Mponda in Mangochi where approximately 220 men, women and children are being accommodated.

Mutharika said he was concerned with the disaster that befell the country due to heavy and continuous rains from March 5-8, 2019 resulting into loss of life, property and homes.

“I know how devastating this has been to you all and I feel the pain together with you,” said Mutharika. “I would like to ensure you that government will take care of all your needs and nobody is going to die of hunger while I am the president of this country,” the President pointed out.

He said government would strive to ensure that the displaced people were given enough support to rebuild their homes and lives.

Mutharika urged the affected households not to be despondent, saying all the suffering would come to an end one day and that life would be normal again.

Before his address to the people outside the camp, the Malawi leader called for a minute of silence in honour of five people, among them a man, children and women, who died in the district either due to flooding rivers or falling houses during the current disaster.

According to Mangochi District Commissioner (DC), Rev. Moses Chimphepo, besides the five who died; over 15, 600 people have been affected in the district in 10 Traditional Authorities (TAs).

“We have had four bridges on Makanjira Road damaged due to flooding rivers and some bridges on Malombe Road and in the area of TA Katuli have been damaged,” he explained.

The DC added that, “We have six camps, altogether and as I speak now Malawi Red Cross Society is looking after two camps, providing all the needed support while the council, with the support from DoDMA is looking after the other camps,” he added.

Senior Chief Chimwala thanked the President for visiting the flood-affected people in the camps to share the grief people were going through after losing their homes, food, property and at worst, loved ones.

He said Mutharika has demonstrated fatherly love and that the people of Mangochi shall forever be grateful to the gesture.

Meanwhile, the displaced people have been provided with food, blankets, nets and other necessities to make their lives comfortable as they await to rebuild their homes.

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Mapwiya
Mapwiya
3 years ago

Man of the people. Tili pambuyo pa DPP 2029!boma

ESTERY CHIBAMBO
ESTERY CHIBAMBO
3 years ago

stupid president. in these circumstances that is when the MDF AND Huge helicopters are deployed in helping bringing large stocks of goods to help people quicker not this election opportnunist photo. People are dying .people are hungry, people do not have a house to go back to. You will be going back to your state house and you will have top pf the range food WHAT ABOUT THESE PEOPLE .ITS NOT ROCKET SCVIENCE

pothawira
pothawira
3 years ago

its Red Cross operations

pothawira
pothawira
3 years ago

Its Red Cross items distribution

Achiswe
3 years ago

The President is turning the plight of the flood victims into a political opportunity with a view to the forthcoming elections. This is wrong and unbecoming of the Head of State. Most of these people were already suffering from poverty before the floods due to DPP government incompetence and mismanagement. Too little, too late, Mr President.

POLICE
POLICE
3 years ago

Kaya zanu izo a POLOFESA!

Nansongole
Nansongole
3 years ago

“Safa ndi njala as long as I am their leader” is a political statement that should be avoided during general elections period disaster and relief distribution. Importantly it is Malawians and partners paying for the relief items including the President’s travel allowances to the flood areas. While people may not die of hunger 42% of the population is under nourished which is more severe among under five children and expectant women. Malnutrition has serious effects on physiological and mental well being of those affected. How productive can a country be with about half of its population stunted and malnourished? Let… Read more »

namatetule
3 years ago

Inu basi takuonani mwatikwana-ife tizabvotera MCP.

Patrick Phiri
Patrick Phiri
3 years ago

The most caring and loving president ever. Osati zinazi ayi.

Central
Central
3 years ago
Reply to  Patrick Phiri

Nanunso inu tazilankhulani ngati munthu ozindikila! When you say “the most caring and loving president ever, osati zinazi ayi, ukumusiyanitsa ndi ndani popeza Malawi has one state president only!! Is it news to you kuti we have one national purse keeper [state presidet] and he is given authority to use that purse plus donations to serve Malawians! Ndiye tsopano? Wina ndani other than him amane angapise mu national purse imeneyi mwakuti iwe uzimusiyanitsa ndistate president! Kodi ukuona ngati adzakwanitsa kuchita zimene akuchitazi akachoka pa May 21 pano? Do you want party presidents azichita operate like state president?Alola ambuya akowo? In… Read more »

Agenda Setting Theory
Agenda Setting Theory
3 years ago
Reply to  Patrick Phiri

it seems to you and your DPP these floods are a blessing.

Kapado Chimuthawirenji

This is typical primitive Muluzi politics.

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