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The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) on Tuesday (18th July, 2020) introduced the distribution of maize flour to food insecure households under the 2019/20 Lean Season Food Insecurity Response Programme (2019/20 LS-FIRP).

All along, under the 2019/20 LS-FIRP, the department and various humanitarian partners, have been distributing relief maize in 21 districts and implementing cash transfers (for beneficiaries to purchase food) in six districts of the country.

“We have introduced the distribution of maize flour under the Lean Season Food Insecurity Response Programme and the commodity will be distributed in all the 21 districts that have been receiving maize. So, the department will be distributing both maize and maize flour in the said districts,” said Secretary to the Vice President and Commissioner for Disaster Management Affairs, Wilson Moleni, when he introduced the maize flour distribution exercise and briefed a gathering at Sanga Primary School Ground in Nkhata Bay District.

Moleni said the introduction of the maize flour distribution under the 2019/20 LS-FIRP is in line with government’s commitment in addressing the food needs of the 1.8 million food insecure population.

He then called upon beneficiary households to properly utilize the maize flour that they will receive under the programme.

“I would also like to request all stakeholders involved in the response programme, including NGOs and district council officials to continue to exercise transparency, accountability, neutrality and impartiality in the implementation of the programme. I expect the programme to fully involve community participation and civil protection committees at local levels in the targeted districts in all the processes to ensure transparency,” said Moleni.

The Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee’s recent report indicated that 1,879,000 will be food insecure and will require immediate provision of relief aid during the 2019/20 lean season, which runs from October 2019, to March 2020.

The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) on Saturday (15th February, 2020) provided relief assistance to households affected by floods in Dwangwa, Nkhotakota District.

Speaking when he made a symbolic presentation of the relief items [which include 300 bags of maize flour weighing 25kg each, 30 bags of beans weighing 50kg each, 15 bags of salt weighing 20kg each and 15 family tents, among others] DoDMA’s Chief Relief and Rehabilitation Officer Fyawupi Mwafongo said the department has responded to the critical needs of the affected people as per the preliminary needs assessment report submitted by the Nkhotakota District Council.

“So far, a total of 903 households have been affected, of which 338 have been displaced in Nkhotakota District.They [displaced families] have sought refuge in their relations’ houses and in four camps set by the [Nkhotakota] District Council. The council is still conducting assessments to establish the extent of damage and as a department, we will reach out to all the affected people as per the final needs assessment report from the council,” said Mwafongo, adding that out of the 338 displaced families, 150 were trapped around Kakuyu Farming Island and they were being evacuated to safer places by boats, as of Saturday.

Mwafongo then urged people living in flood-prone areas to move to safer places and take heed of flood early warning messages.

Member of Parliament for Nkhotakota North Henry Chimunthu Banda, whose area has been severely affected by the floods, commended government for rendering untiring support to the affected people.

“I wish to register my profound gratitude to government for the quick response interventions made. Officials from the district council have been with us throughout and today, DoDMA has timely responded to our calls for food and shelter materials,” said Chimunthu Banda.

The flooding occurred following the swelling of Dwangwa River, as a result of prolonged heavy rains. So far, no deaths or injuries have been registered.

The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) on Saturday (15th February, 2020) provided relief assistance to households affected by floods in Dwangwa, Nkhotakota District.

Speaking when he made a symbolic presentation of the relief items [which include 300 bags of maize flour weighing 25kg each, 30 bags of beans weighing 50kg each, 15 bags of salt weighing 20kg each and 15 family tents, among others] DoDMA’s Chief Relief and Rehabilitation Officer Fyawupi Mwafongo said the department has responded to the critical needs of the affected people as per the preliminary needs assessment report submitted by the Nkhotakota District Council.

“So far, a total of 903 households have been affected, of which 338 have been displaced in Nkhotakota District.They [displaced families] have sought refuge in their relations’ houses and in four camps set by the [Nkhotakota] District Council. The council is still conducting assessments to establish the extent of damage and as a department, we will reach out to all the affected people as per the final needs assessment report from the council,” said Mwafongo, adding that out of the 338 displaced families, 150 were trapped around Kakuyu Farming Island and they were being evacuated to safer places by boats, as of Saturday.

Mwafongo then urged people living in flood-prone areas to move to safer places and take heed of flood early warning messages.

Member of Parliament for Nkhotakota North Henry Chimunthu Banda, whose area has been severely affected by the floods, commended government for rendering untiring support to the affected people.

“I wish to register my profound gratitude to government for the quick response interventions made. Officials from the district council have been with us throughout and today, DoDMA has timely responded to our calls for food and shelter materials,” said Chimunthu Banda.

The flooding occurred following the swelling of Dwangwa River, as a result of prolonged heavy rains. So far, no deaths or injuries have been registered.

The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) on Thursday (6th February, 2020) provided relief assistance to families that have been affected by floods in Karonga District.

Prolonged heavy rains caused the swelling of Kyungu, Rukuru and Songwe rivers and affected 2,068 households in traditional authorities Kyungu, Kilupula, Mwakaboko and Mwirang’ombe.

Speaking at Wovwe Camp in Sub TA Mwirang’ombe, when he made a symbolic presentation of the relief items (which include rice, beans and salt) to the affected, DoDMA’s Director of Disaster Response and Recovery Harris Kachale assured the affected people of continued government’s support.

He then called upon committees involved in distributing the relief items to desist from any malpractices in the course of their work and ensure that they target intended beneficiaries only.

District Commissioner for Karonga Paul Kalilombe, called upon the department to provide more relief items to the district, saying the district is more likely to experience heavy rains in March and April, as it has been the case for the past years.

Government, through the Department of Disaster Management Affairs, (DoDMA) on Tuesday (28th January, 2020) provided relief assistance to food insecure households in TA Nkoola, Machinga District.

This follows the District Council's recent report which indicated that the affected people required immediate food assistance.

A total of 1,200 bags of rice (each weighing 50kg) have been distributed to 1,200 households.

The department is, in collaboration with various humanitarian partners, currently implementing the 2019/20 Lean Season Food Insecurity Response Programme where it will reach out to over 1, 879, 000 food insecure people with relief assistance.