Vice President Everton Chimulirenji, who is also Disaster Management Affairs Minister, has said the government plans to construct flood-mitigating facilities along Lifidzi River in Salima District.
Chimulirenji said the government would support implementation of development programmes aimed at uplifting living standards of the most vulnerable communities.
He made the commitment over the weekend when he visited Salima to appreciate flood-mitigating works implemented with financial support from the People’s Republic of China, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Malawi government through the Small Grants Scheme.
“We have plans to construct disaster-mitigating structures such as dykes in flood-prone areas to reduce the impact of floods. [The] government would also implement various programmes to build resilience of communities to disasters,” he said.
UNDP Resident Representative, Shigeki Komatsubara, appealed to the government to speed up implementation of Disaster Risk Management law, which, according to him, could ease challenges which the country faces when implementing disaster-management programmes.
“We would like to express our commitment towards implementing the National Resilience Strategy. We seek support to have the long-awaited Disaster Risk Management Bill enacted. The bill would unlock opportunities which can strengthen implementation of disaster-risk reduction programmes,” he said.
Ambassador of China to Malawi, Liu Hongyang, said his government would continue supporting Malawi.
Secretary to the Vice President and the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) Commissioner, Wilson Moleni, commended UNDP and China for their support to the programmes.
Under the initiative, four evacuation centres have been constructed in flood-prone districts of Nsanje, Mangochi, Karonga and Salima.
On the day, the government, through Dodma, provided 600 bags of rice to people affected by floods in Salima.
The government of China donated the rice.