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Agencies launch K25 billion aid appeal for storm survivors

DEVASTATION—Floods, triggered by Tropical Storm Ana, caused extensive damage

Forty-four humanitarian partners in Malawi have launched an appeal that seeks to raise $29.4 million (K25 billion) to assist Tropical Storm Ana survivors for the next three months.

UN Resident Coordinator Shigeki Komatsubara said in a statement that the appeal focuses on the six hardest-hit districts of Chikwawa, Nsanje, Phalombe, Mulanje, Chiradzulu and Balaka, where an estimated 542,000 people are in need of life-saving and life-sustaining humanitarian assistance and protection.

“We have worked hard to ensure that this appeal is prioritised and principled, and we are confident that the activities planned are those that are most urgently needed to deliver immediate relief to the people who need it most,” Komatsubara said.

He said while the organisations are conscious that humanitarian support is not a long-term solution to the recurrent climatic shocks that continue to increase in frequency and intensity in Malawi, there is an urgent need to act swiftly to save the lives and livelihoods of those whose homes and crops have been affected by Tropical Storm Ana.

Komatsubara has since expressed appreciation for the solidarity shown by the international community in response to Tropical Storm Ana—including the $3 million allocated by the United Nations.

The statement says the appeal brings together “the most time-sensitive and critical response” activities of 44 partners—the Malawi Red Cross, seven national NGOs, 26 international NGOs and 10 UN agencies.

It says all the work carried out under the appeal will directly complement the Government of Malawi’s ongoing relief efforts.

Commissioner for the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) Charles Kalemba has said his department requires K72.7 billion to provide comprehensive humanitarian assistance to 993, 149 people affected by adverse effects of the storm.

The tropical depression that formed to the northeast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean around January 21 and swept into the Mozambique Channel caused heavy and incessant rainfall in Malawi on January 24 and 25, resulting in heavy flooding and destruction.

Two cities – Blantyre and Zomba — and up to 16 of the country’s 28 districts, mostly in the Southern region, have been affected.

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