As the government of Malawi intensifies rescuing process of those people affected by heavy floods in the Southern districts of Nsanje and Chikwawa, reports reaching FaceofMalawi indicates that the government of Zambia has donated USD 20, 000; 300 tents valued at ZMK 1.6 million and 50 bales of blankets.
This has been disclosed in a statement from the department of Disaster Management Affairs which is under the Office of the Vice President released on Monday 19, 2015.
The Zambian government has moved in to help the flood victims in the country following President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika’s declaration made on Tuesday last week that all the district affected by the floods are disaster zone.
According to the statement, World Food Program (WFP) has also followed suite by donating food stocks, including maize, beans, vegetable oil and corn soya blend to Chikwawa to reach 2,000 households.
“WFP has also airlifted High Energy Biscuits into the country. The biscuits are being prioritised for immediate distribution to 77,000 displaced people in hardest hit areas of Nsanje and Chikwawa.
“WFP will also deploy boats and a helicopter to ensure that deliveries are made to flood affected areas, thereby beefing up the capacity of the MDF”, reads in part the statement.
Meanwhile reports from the department of disaster management affairs indicate that an estimated 27,000 households (approx 135,000 people) have now been displaced since the floods hit the areas.
At the meantime a total of 3649 people have been evacuated in Chikwawa.