China impressed with Disaster Evacuation Centre project in SA

Salima, Chinese government has pledged more support towards improving the livelihoods of people living in disaster prone areas in Malawi.

The Chinese ambassador to Malawi Wang Shi Ting made the sentiments Tuesday in Salima at the official launch of Bwezi Safe Heaven disaster evacuation which has been constructed with funding from Chinese government through United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Traditional Authority (TA) Khombedza.

Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA), Wang said that he is impressed with the project as it will help the community in time of disasters.

This structure will not only help those affected by floods, it will also help under-aged children as it will be used as early childhood development center and it will serve the surrounding communities in many ways, he said.

Speaking to MANA the director responsible for disaster affairs Levi Manda highlighted that government of Malawi considers disaster as one aspect that affects the social economic development of the country.

In the absence of the evacuation point, people have been seeking refuge in churches and schools in times of disasters, but now we are assured that there will be no disturbance to other areas when disaster strikes, said Manda.

The UNDP country representative to Malawi Mia Seppo thanked the Chinese government for the financial support.

Seppo also commended the affected community for their contribution to the project.

By contributing bricks and sand, the community has shown that they really wanted the evacuation center and we are assured that they will take care of it, said Seppo.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA