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Dodma needs US$415m for flood recovery

Just a few months to the rainy season, the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) says it has only managed to get US$80 million out of US$495 million needed for recovery process for the 15 flood affected districts.

According to Dodma, the US$80 million is meant for a four year recovery plan that will be carried out in phases.

As a result of this deficit, Dodma Principal Secretary Bernard Sande has called upon all donor partners to continue assisting government as the country prepares for the response to the food insecurity.

“There are indicators that about 2.8 million people will need food assistance up to March 2016,” said Sande during the 2014/2015 Malawi Vulnerability Assessment (MVA) and 2015 Flood Emergency Response Review workshop in Blantyre.

He said the purpose of the workshop was to assess the level of effectiveness, efficiency and relevance of the 2015 flood emergency response and the 2014/2015 MVA response operation from which best practices and lessons can be drawn to inform programming and management of subsequent emergency responses.

Sande appealed to the humanitarian partners and all stakeholders to go beyond operations in the emergency response.

“Let’s go further to building resilience of the affected communities by integrating the humanitarian response to long-term disaster risk reduction programming,” said the PS.

Dodma Principal Mitigation Officer, Stern Kita said during the flood emergency, different stakeholders brought in new skills and expertise that can inform future emergency responses.

“To do this there is need to document the successes, best practices experiences and lessons learnt hence this meeting,” Kita said.

The country experienced the floods in January this year. The disaster affected 1.1 million people, displaced 230,000 and killed 106 while 172 were reported missing.

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