Blantyre, The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) has embarked on a resettlement exercise aimed at supporting 14,000 internally displaced (IDP) households restart their normal life.
Dubbed ‘return home plan’, the exercise which is targeting five districts including Chikwawa and Nsanje will see beneficiaries being provided with a recovery package comprising shelter, plastic sheets, plastics pairs and food among others.
Speaking on Friday after receiving a donation of relief items worth K2 million from Malawi Housing Corporation, Department of Disaster Management Affairs Principal Secretary and Commissioner, Wilson Moleni called for more support from different players to assist in resettlement exercise.
Dodma’s assessment has shown that the displaced people are willing to move back to their respective homes so long they are provided with starter packs.
As such, last week, the department launched return home plan. Under this, we are helping internally displaced people to go back to their normal life considering that most of the areas that were submerged during the floods are now dry.
So during this, we are giving each household a starter pack comprises shelter, plastic pails, food and other materials that could facilitate smooth resettlement exercise, he said.
Moleni then expressed gratitude to Malawi Housing Corporation for the donation saying the relief items would go a long way in beefing up the recovery package for the affected households.
The donation of plastic papers and bags of flour seems so little but it will beef up our return home package that will go a long way in alleviating the sufferings of l42 households, he said urging other players to emulate the gesture.
In his remarks, MHC Chief Operations Officer, Leslie Majawa said the donation was in response to President Peter Mutharika call from various organizations to assist people affected by floods.
The donation has taken us so long to respond but, we believe, the relief items will still assist the affected people who are still in camps to help them move back to their normal life, he said.
Meanwhile, DoDMA will next week launch Post Disaster Needs Assessment report that highlights the need for recovery modalities.
Reports from Dodma a total of 868,900 people were affected by floods which left 60 people dead and 86,980 displaced in 15 districts of the country.
Source: MANA Online