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Amra, Road to Relief assist disaster survivors

SHOT IN THE ARM— Some of the beneficiaries

JAKHURA—We want to help survivors recover

Asian Muslim Relief Aid (Amra) and Road to Relief organisations have donated relief items worth K100 million to Tropical Storm Ana survivors in Nsanje District.

The items were meant for people in 24 camps and included packs of maize flour, beans, milk, sugar, pots and soap.

Speaking when they distributed the items, Amra Team Leader Aamir Jakhura said the organisation had been reaching out to survivors of natural disasters for the past 22 years.

“Our intention is primarily to support people at the moment but we do have a secondary project, which is premised on helping survivors recover from the calamity and return to their homes,” he said

He commended Drop of Compassion, a United Kingdom-based charity organisation that provides support to organisations that do charity work.

Road to Relief Chairperson Rosemary Davis, who joined Amra officials on the relief items’ distribution trip, said they were committed to complementing the government’s efforts in reaching out to those hit by natural disasters.

“The government alone cannot manage to cater for all affected people. We, as individuals, could not just sit down and watch while other people were suffering,” she said.

One of the beneficiaries, Richard Malunga, commended the organisations for the gesture.

“There are 575 households with a total number of 2,001 people in our camp. We were in need of resources,” he said.

Tropical Storm Ana has affected 993,149 people in the country and the Department of Disaster Management Affairs requires K72.7 billion to provide humanitarian assistance to all of them.

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