President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika on Friday commended Khalifa BinZayed AL Nahyan from the Republic of Arab Emirates for donating 2,280 metric tons of maize and malaria medicine to flood victims.

Mutharika, who received the donations at the Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe, said from the time the country experienced disasters, there had been unwavering support from both local and international organisations.

This, he said, was an indication of the good and mutual relationship the country had with both local and international communities.

Prof. Mutharika then described the donation made by the Arab Emirates Foundation as timely and substantial, saying it would complement government’s efforts of improving the living standards of those affected by disasters.

“On behalf of the Malawi government, I would like to thank Khalifa Bin Zayed AL Nahyan Foundation from the Republic of Arab Emirates for such a timely response.

“As you are aware, the country is facing a number of challenges, especially in dealing with the effects of the disaster.

“The maize and medicines received will go a long way in assisting our friends who were heavily affected by floods as well as other forms of disasters,” Mutharika said.

He called for more support, saying there was more work that needed to be done.

Khalifa Bin Zayed AL Nahyan’s representative, Ima Saba said having looked at the degree of the disaster and also considering the extent of the relationship between their foundation and Malawi government, they decided to offer assistance by donating maize and malaria medicines.

“We have always assisted in times of need and since the President declared a state of disaster, we decided to donate food and medicines,” Saba said.

Commissioner for Department of Disaster Management Affair, Paul Chiunguzeni said the donations would be distributed to all the 15 affected districts.
Most parts of Malawi experienced heavy rains in January, 2015 that caused floods and rendered tens of thousands of people homeless.

As of March 8 there were about 230,000 homeless people according to Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA) situation report number 12. Chikwawa and Nsanje are the most affected districts.

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