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Peter Mutharika calls for solidarity on flood victims support

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By Stephen Dakalira:

STRANDED IN HOMELAND— Men and women at Khungubwe Floods Evacuation Centre

President Peter Mutharika has pledged the government’s continued support to people who have been affected by floods that hit some parts of the country two weeks ago.

He was speaking in Thyolo Wednesday when he visited some villages affected by the disaster.

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“In case you didn’t know, I did my primary school right here and used to go in that very church for prayers…during our days, we used to share whatever little we had as families. I urge you all to do likewise, especially now as we handle what has befallen us,” Mutharika said.

He appealed to well-wishers, including donor partners, to render support to the Malawi government in the aftermath of the disaster.

“I had to curtail my trip up North in light of the same, I want to assure you that we stand with you [flood victims] in these difficult times,” he said.

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Mutharika symbolically handed out blankets and relief items to some of the victims, most of whom lost their property.

Besides Thyolo, other districts that were affected include Chikwawa, Balaka, Blantyre and Ntcheu.

Department of Disaster Management Affairs has put the figure of those who have died due to the disaster at 56.

There were fears that another cyclone, Idai, which has devastated Zimbabwe and Mozambique—particularly in Beira—was on its way to Malawi.

Meanwhile, Food and Agriculture Organisation has pointed out that the food security situation in the country could worsen, especially in the Southern Region, due to the floods.

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