Department of Disaster Management Affairs appeals for support
The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) has appealed for continued support towards its efforts to handle disasters.
The appeal comes just weeks into the 2017/2018 rainy season, in which rains have already affected 12 000 people across eight districts in the country.
According to DoDMA records, since the rains started in October this year, about 2,500 households have been affected by stormy rains and strong winds. These households makeup a total estimate of about 12,000 people.
Spokesperson for DoDMA, Chipiliro Khamula said the department has managed to solicit some emergency materials such as blankets and food but more help is needed.
“We usually fall short of equipment and expertise but at the end of the day, we manage to respond to the issues that need our attention. However, I think it is always safer to have more materials available than less. As you are aware, disasters are unpredictable and need adequate preparation. That is why any support will be crucial”, said Khamula.
About K1.2 billion was allocated towards the DoDMA for disaster response in the 2017/2018 budget. Additionally, government has set aside some funds under the Unforeseen Circumstances Vote.
Earlier this month, the department received two drones worth K7, 350 000 from the Chinese government. The drones will aid in research and assessment of hard to reach-disaster stricken areas.
During the 2016/2017 rainy season, the department used drones borrowed from the United Nations Children Fund (Unicef) to assess damage caused by floods in Salima and Ntandire in Lilongwe.
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