Ireland to dispatch 58 tonnes of emergency supplies in response to severe flooding in Malawi3 Comments

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Posted on 03 Feb 2015 at 12:16pm

ireland the-global-island-featureIreland will today dispatch thousands of blankets, tents, mosquito nets, soap, jerry cans and other urgent supplies to assist families affected by the recent severe flooding in Malawi, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, and Minister for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, have announced.

58 tonnes of Irish stocks will be distributed by Irish Aid partners, Concern Universal, GOAL, Trócaire, Concern Worldwide and the Evangelical Association of Malawi. The supplies will be directed to help displaced families in the worst affected districts in the Southern Region of Malawi.

The airlifts, worth over €500,000, will be sent from the UN Humanitarian Response Depot in Dubai, where Irish Aid pre-positions supplies for use in global emergencies.

Announcing today’s airlift, Minister Flanagan said:

“Preliminary reports indicate that the floods have left at least 174,000 people displaced and more than 630,000 people affected overall, with their houses washed away, and their farms and livelihoods destroyed.

“Ireland’s humanitarian supplies will be distributed among affected families in Nsanje, Chikwawa, Phalombe and other Districts through Irish Aid’s partner organisations on the ground.

“Thousands of houses in these districts are submerged or completely destroyed, forcing people to emergency sites and relief centres.

“This emergency airlift will complement our long term programme of assistance managed by our Embassy which supports some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities in Malawi to cope with the effects of climatic and other shocks and works to improve food and nutrition security.”

Agriculture is the main source of livelihood for Malawi’s rural population, and with over 35,000 hectares of cropland flooded, crops destroyed and livestock dead, food production has been severely impacted.

Highlighting the risks that the floods pose, Minister of State Sherlock said:

“There is a growing concern of the outbreak of diseases, given the poor sanitary and drainage conditions at emergency sites.

“Rains are expected to continue for the next two months and have already severely impacted smallholder farmers’ ability to grow food for their families and their communities, as well as destroying crops and livestock.

“We are monitoring the situation closely through our Ambassador in Lilongwe, Áine Hearns. I am concerned that the situation may worsen in some areas and that the number of affected people will rise.”

 

SOURCE Ireland – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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3 Comments

  1. michael blair

    good luck,malawi.best wishes for a happy christmas and a better 2016. may god bless us all.

  2. michael blair

    i would like to say that all people in the south of malawi have my moral
    support and i do support through various.i have a family member staying locally for a well deserved 
    holiday in the uk.,a break from her work as a carer and farmer from the nirth of malawi.
    my best wishes for your country…the warm heart of africa.i am a catholic christian and support folk through that organization,with its good reputation for helping everyone regardless of faith.
    happy chtistmas and a better new year in 2016.

  3. The Irish are so smart. No monetary assistance. Relief items are greatly appreciated

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