US donates K3 billion for disaster relief

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The United States has donated to Malawi government US$4.3 million (about K3.1 billion) towards Malawi’s flood disaster recovery operations.

This is according to US Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer who announced the donation on Wednesday, 10th April, 2019.

Palmer (L) Dausi and various diplomat visiting flood victims

Palmer, who is also the head of the diplomatic corps in Malawi, made the announcement in Nsanje District when she and her fellow diplomats visited Bangula Admarc Camp.

“We will contribute US$4.3 million funds for recovery, and we believe that the funds will address a big chunk of the deficit on the flood recovery plan,” said Palmer.

The US ambassador said they thought of visiting the camp to appreciate the situation on the ground following the March, 2019 floods which left over 89,000 people displaced in 15 districts of the country.

She said her government is concerned about the floods which killed over 60 people and left thousands Malawians displaced.

In his remarks, Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi, who is also responsible for disaster management affairs, thanked the US Government for the donation.

“The affected people will not reside in camps forever. They have to go back home and rebuild their lives. This (donation) will go a long way towards reconstructing houses of the affected people,” said Dausi.

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