Lilongwe, Federal Republic of Nigerian Monday presented relief assistance to Malawi Government to alleviate the plight of flood survivors affected by the effects of cyclone Idai which hit the country in March 2-019.
The relief assistance included 20 tonnes of medical equipment, drugs and US$ 500,000.00.
Presenting the relief assistance at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe, Minister of foreign Affairs for Federal Republic of Nigeria, Geoffrey Onyeama said the assistance has come in a wake of the call by President Prof. Peter Mutharika had declared state of disaster for the country.
He said Nigerian President, Muhammad Buhari felt obliged to make a contribution to help the flood survivor with medical equipment and drugs in order to lessen the plight of the affected households.
Although at the time the disaster was happening gin the country, Nigerian was in thick of things when the country was busy with elections. The President thought it wise that as country he has to help brothers and sister in Malawi with something, Onyeama explained.
He said Nigerian government expressed deepest condolences to the bereaved families and the people of Malawi for the loss of lives during the time of disaster.
Onyeama added that the displaced family require more assistance in order to sustain their lives since the recovery process would take long time.
Minister of Homeland Security and Disaster Management Affairs, Nicholas Dausi expressed gratitude to the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the timely donation of the relief assistance to Malawi.
He said the relief assistance would be channelled to the beneficiaries and they would make sure that it serves intended purposes.
Dausi said the assistance has demonstrate the good relationship that exist between Malawi and Nigeria and continue to grow from strength to strength.
He added that over 68 camps are housing flood survivors in 15 affected districts of the country.
We believe the support you have provided to us will help in our recovery planning where we are planning to resettle the household which were affected, the Minister stated.
First week of March, 2019, the country received heavy rains which resulted into flooding in 15 districts in southern part of the country and two districts in central region.
The heavy down pour caused loss of lives of 60 people, 672 people injured, 68,000 people displaced resulting into 86,000 households being affected.
Source: MANA Online