MACRA donates relief items to flood victims

Recently MACRA donated relief items worth MK25 million to flood victims in Phalombe and Zomba where seven people were killed and over 50,000 households affected.

The items, meant for 500 affected households in the two districts, include 500 bags of maize flour, 2,500 blankets, 500 plastic sheets for roofing, 500 plastic buckets and 500 bags of soya pieces, with each bag containing 50 packets.

Director General Godfrey Itaye said the donation was in response to government’s call for assistance following the state president Professor Peter Mutharika’s declaration of Malawi as a State of National Disaster.

“As a government institution that considers itself as responsive to the needs of its constituents, MACRA could not just stand aside and watch. We have been very much concerned with the loss of life and damage to property brought by this natural disaster,” he said.

He called upon other organisations in the country’s communications sector to respond to the national call for assistance saying, “Together we can make a huge difference.”

Director of Disaster Response and Recovery, Harris Kachale, thanked MACRA for the donation saying people affected by the floods across the nation were still in dire need of food, shelter, medicine, tents, beddings and utensils.

“We don’t want to see anyone dying of hunger because of this disaster. As the president directed, we will still be on the ground assisting those in need until the month of May,” said Kachale.

A representative of the Zomba District Commissioner, Stefano Joseph, said the disaster has brought disruption to public services as some of those affected by the floods have sought shelter in schools, courts and churches.

The pictures highlight the day’s events at Nyezelera in Phalombe, Chisi and Mtwiche in Domasi, Zomba.