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Government bemoans flood victims’ living standards

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By Emmanuel Simpokolwe:

Homeland Security Minister, Nicholas Dausi, whose ministry oversees operations of the Department of Disaster Management Affairs, has said there is need to ensure that the dignity of people affected by floods is not compromised.

He added that floods have claimed 60 lives plus livestock, damaged property and swathes of land, bringing the total number of those affected to at least 868,895.

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“The life of the affected people, especially those still living in camps, is not desirable at all. Proper shelter materials are needed so that those affected can move out of these places [camps] soon to begin a new lease of life,” Dausi said.

He said this when Shelter Box in partnership with Habitat for Humanity in Malawi donated shelter kits and kitchen utensils to the Malawi Government to enable it to respond to the needs of households affected by floods.

The items are said to be worth K223 million and comprise of shelter kits, kitchen sets, among others, and are expected to benefit 2,000 households in Chikwawa and Mulanje districts.

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Shelter Box is a United Kingdom-based charity that provides emergency shelter and other household items to people made homeless through man-made or natural disasters.

The charity has a global agreement with Habitat for Humanity International, enabling the two organisations to collaborate in rescue efforts.

Speaking after presenting the items to Dausi, Shelter Box volunteer, Elizabeth Odell, said her organisation mobilised resources from people of goodwill, including rotarians, from around the world.

“We are committed to seeing Malawians quickly recover from the disaster and we are starting the distribution of these items this week,” Odell said.

Habitat for Humanity Malawi National Director, Kelvin Kalonga, said the materials would be used for sheltering flood survivors as they plan to rebuild their homes.

“We will help the government in various interventions aimed at bailing out the flood victims from response to recovery,” Kalonga said.

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