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Cabinet approves disaster strategy

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Everton Chimulirenji

Cabinet has approved National Resilience Strategy (NRS) on disaster management, Minister of Disaster Management Affairs and Public Events, Everton Chimulirenji, has announced through a statement.

The statement says the 12-year plan is aimed at reducing the impact of disasters in the country.

“NRS is led by the Ministry [of Disaster Management Affairs and Public Events] aimed at breaking the cycle of food and nutrition insecurity in the country by bridging development and humanitarian intervention and prioritising a continuum of more predictable livelihood support for vulnerable households,” the statement reads.

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Development of the NRS dates back to 2015/2016 when Malawi experienced late onset of rains, prolonged dry spells and floods.

“The implementation of NRS will dwell on Resilient Agricultural Growth; Risk Reduction, Flood Control, Early Warning and Response Systems; Human Capacity, Livelihoods and Social Protection, and Catchment Protection and Management,” the statement reads.

Cabinet’s approval of the strategy means that it can start being implemented.

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The country is still smarting from the effects of Cyclone Idai-induced heavy rains which hit Malawi in March 2019 leading to the death of 60 people and displacement of 975,000 others mostly in Southern Region districts such as Chikwawa and Nsanje.

Addressing the United Nations Economic and Social Council in Switzerland last year, Principal Secretary for Department of Disaster Management Affairs and Commissioner of Disasters, Wilson Moleni, said Malawi needs $370.5 million (about K270 billion) for reconstruction and recovery.

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