MCP urges Malawi govt to declare ‘state of emergency’ over floods

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has urged government to declare “ a state of emergency” following heavy flooding in the southern African country which has killed 48 people and left another 23 000 displaced.

Floods sweep out whole Manyowa village in Nsanje

Floods sweep out whole Manyowa village in Nsanje

Road cut out with floods

Road cut out with floods

Malawi in troubled waters

Malawi in troubled waters

Chakwera:  State of emergency

Chakwera: State of emergency

President Peter Mutharika speaking to reporters o floods disaster.CGovati Nyirenda. Mana

President Peter Mutharika speaking to reporters o floods disaster.CGovati Nyirenda. Mana

Addressing a news conference in the capital Lilongwe on Wednesday, MCP president Dr Lazarus Chakwera said this will enable government to get funds from other allocations to assist  in the floods disaster.

“It will also enable some people and well wishers to come in  and fully assist the affected people and that government will be able to move them out of their areas to safer places,” Chakwera said.

He then appealed for all Malawians to “stand together” regardless of their political affiliations to help the affected people.

“It’s very unfortunate that some people have lost their lives, yes property can be restored but when one person lose a life, it becomes a sorry state.

“Lets all stand together, handle the situation as a family so that these should pass and everything becomes normal for everyone,” he said.

President Peter Mutharika has since appealed to the international community for assistance for the impoverished country.

“The floods have affected Nsanje, Chikwawa, Phalombe, Zomba, Blantyre, Chiradzulu, Thyolo, Mulanje, Balaka, Machinga, Mangochi, Ntcheu, Salima, Rumphi and Karonga. So far, it is estimated that 13, 999 households have been displaced by the floods and 48 people have lost their lives,” Mutharika told reporters on Tuesday.

He declared the affected areas as “disaster zone.”

He added that the floods have also damaged a lot of hectares of crops, washed away livestock and damaged infrastructure such as roads and bridges.

Officials were unable to visit the affected areas due to continuing poor weather.

Mutharika said tents and food are urgently required, adding:  “Rescue operations are also a priority. Donations in cash or any kind should be sent to the Secretary and Commissioner for Disaster Management Affairs, Private Bag 336, Lilongwe 3, Malawi.”

Speaking at the same briefing, Vice President Saulos Chilima said the Department of Disaster Management which is also in his office is currently setting up a call center that will be informing the media and the nation on the latest developments.

“A phone number will be given to the public, anyone seeking information can call and fact based information will be made available. We will also be organizing press conferences on daily basis to keep the media updated,” said Chilima.

Chilima further appealed to the public not to take advantage of the situation saying, donations should go directly to people that have been affected by the floods.

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chidempete
Guest

Mukati MCP ndiye kuti chiyani? Zachamba eti.

luis sakala
Guest

We have to do something to solve the matter fast

chapita kachipewa
Guest

we have to do something our salf dont wauting for donetion plz

mgebegebe
Guest

mcp yathandiza chani pazimenezi, boma lathandiza 500 million, nanga pp udf athandizako chani. abusa

Katundumadzi
Guest

Is Chakwera a man of God? if he z y did he quit de wok of God and tak de need of being de president of dis country? Its so pathetic 2 c smebdy quitng de wok of God bcz zinazi mzapansi pompano izi. And by de way, u ppo do u rely knw Chakwera?

Rambos
Guest

Chakwera is aleader of opposition. All humans r sinners, nobody is perfect.

Fact
Guest

When a crisis occurs in a country, most political affiliates want to rise above the scene. I wonder where this compassionate man was when his salary was being raised excessively to deny it on the basis of the poor Malawians (most of whom are affected by the floods. Fact is, he is just another politician. The best thing would be to patiently bear and support the leader of this country without any hidden political agenda.

Custodian of wisdom
Guest

So many countries have ever declared a state of emergency because of natural disasters.

Jesus reigns
Guest

Chakwera being a man of God, minds the affairs of ppl, because the heart of God is always to the ppl. While these other leaders their hearts are on money, how they can get rich at the cost of poor Malawians.

mukhitho
Guest

Wazeru amaoneka zinthu zikavuta

Mimil
Guest

He is the Leader of Opposition. His staement tells me this man knows his job description. The man has travelled and knows how politics in the first World is done. Its only that the majority of us here tinazolowela kuti President ndiye azinena zinthu. Chakwera keep building ur cv and scoring points so long u apply wisdom. Kumathamanga zinthu ngati izi zikachitika. Please Ma advisers a pule dont sleep on the job. Ma points kumagawana. Show Chaks kuti nanu u are up for the job. Game on Pyoooooooooooooooiii!!

macdonanald lonjani
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chakwera amakonda anthu osati mwano pamalanginzo anthu akumvutika kumidzi

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