15 September 2016 Last updated at: 4:55 AM
Malawi urged to focus on disaster prevention
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has urged Malawi government to focus on strategies that prevents disasters rather than concentrating on disaster response only, arguing that prevention helps in minimizing the damage.
The call follows reports that La-Nina weather will affect the country in the next agriculture season.
Reacting on the reports, FAO representative in Malawi Florence Rolle said the country should balance resources in both response and prevention of the disasters.
“In any risk management strategy it is very important to balance the financing in response and also the shocks before they happen, all the money should not go to emergency we need measures that help to prevent disaster,” said Rolle.
The department of disaster management affairs has since disclosed that it has put in place measures in disaster prone areas in readiness to any disaster in the country.
Recently, the United Nations (UN) disclosed that Malawi is again at risk from another weather phenomenon, LA Nina, in the 2016/17 rainy season which threatens to destroy the country’s investments such as infrastructure and crops.
The phenomenon follow ravages of El Nino in the 2015/16 rainy season that led to persistent dry spells in most parts of the country resulting in food insecurity for nearly half of the country’s population.