Floods response plan deficit at K14.6 billion


By Jameson Chauluka:

The United Nations (UN) has said the deficit for the flood response plan budget has dropped to K14.6 billion from K18.9 billion in early April.

In a statement released Tuesday, UN says Malawi has received $25.6 million in contributions and pledges out of a total requirement of $45.2 million, putting the deficit at $19.6 million, roughly K14, 641 million.


“United Nations agencies, in collaboration with the Government of Malawi, have reached over 400,000 persons affected by the impact of Cyclone Idai. The flood-affected populations have received immediate life-saving relief support including food, medicine, shelter, protection services and other non-food-items such as water, sanitation and hygiene supplies,” the statement reads in part.

In early March 2019, heavy rains and floods, linked to the cyclone, killed 60 people, displaced 87,000 and affected over 870,000 others across the country.

President Peter Mutharika declared Malawi a state in disaster on March 8 and launched Flood Response Plan and Appeal on March 28.


The statement quotes UN Resident Coordinator, Maria Jose Torres, as saying UN and its partners triggered their support to the response after the floods hit the country.

“We assisted the government to rapidly assess the immediate needs to inform the humanitarian response. Beyond addressing the immediate needs, we are also supporting the government to assess post-disaster recovery needs that will inform early to long term recovery interventions in the affected areas,” Over 91,000 households (over 410,000 people) have been provided with food or cash in nine districts.

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