Cabinet has approved the National Disaster Risk Management Policy which will help in creating an enabling framework for the establishment of a comprehensive disaster risk management system for Malawi, the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) has confirmed.

The policy, according to the February 4, DoDMA update on the flood situation, would guide stakeholders in implementing programmes and activities to effectively address disaster risks hence reducing the impact of disasters amongst communities in the country.

Earlier on, the President Professor Peter Mutharika noted that lack of the policy had been hampering government’s efforts to permanently deal with flood related disasters.

The president said works to have the policy started in 1991 but were facing numerous challenges.

“This work was started in 1991 with the enactment of the Disaster Preparedness and Relief Act, which provided the legal and institutional framework for disaster management in the country at National, District, Area and Village level.”

“Because of this anomaly, we are still facing numerous challenges, in adopting a proactive and systematic approach to address disasters risks in the country,” Mutharika said.

According to Mutharika, the policy will help to sustainably reduce disaster losses in lives and in the social economic, and environmental assets of individuals, communities and the nation.

Meanwhile, DoDMA has said it will launch and disseminate the policy soon -mana.

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