…Government condoles bereaved families
A 53-year-old woman and two girls aged two and six have died when walls of houses they were sleeping in collapsed following heavy rains in Mangochi and Balaka districts.
Patuma Welemu and her six-year-old granddaughter Rose Ayami died during the early hours of Sunday, 13th January, 2019 in Nsinje Village, T/A Mponda, Mangochi, while two year-old Emmanuela Bwekere mate her fate on Saturday, 12th January, in Msamati Village, T/A Amidu, Balaka District.
…Two people go missing, feared dead
…Minister pays a visit, says there is need to find lasting solution to flooding
A preliminary report indicates that a total of 179 households (approximately 984 people) have been affected by flash floods that occurred on Thursday, 10th January, 2019, in areas around Biwi, Mchesi, Kawale, Kaliyeka, 22, 24, and 36 in Lilongwe City.
Following the floods, two people have gone missing and are feared to be dead.
The displaced seek refuge at two camps
DoDMA dispatches relief items.
A preliminary report by the Balaka District Council indicates that flash floods that occurred in the early morning of Tuesday, 18th December, 2018, in T/A Kalembo, have displaced 26 families, of which 21 are female-headed.
The families, which require immediate food assistance, have since sought refuge at St. Andrews Primary School and Ufulu Fruit Juice Factory.
• The Northern Region received normal to above while the Centre and South receive below normal rainfall.
• The Centre and South experienced prolonged dry spells averaging 2-4 weeks while the North experienced minimal dry spells in isolated places.
• Fall army worms infestations were reported in all districts but unlike last year control measures were spontaneous this season thus minimising impact.
• Maize production has dropped from 3.5million MT to 2.7 million MT representing 28%.
The third round of crop estimates assessment for the 2017/2018 season conducted by Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development indicated a maize production of 2,697,959 metric tons, 28.4% drop from 3,464,139 metric tons of 2016/2017 growing season.
Over 500 people affected, five sustain minor injuries
Strong winds that blew over some parts of Chikwawa District in the early hours of Monday, November 19, 2018; have damaged 105 houses.
A preliminary report from the District Council indicates that the winds left five people with minor injuries and they have since been treated as outpatients at the district hospital.
The report further states that approximately 580 people from Traditional Authorities Kasisi and Katunga have been affected and that more assessments to establish the extent of damage were underway.
DoDMA making arrangements to dispatch relief items
Strong winds that blew over some parts of Phalombe District on the night of 29th September affected 846 households (approximately 4,653 people).
A report from the District Council indicates that the winds left six people injured.
“Five of the six were treated as outpatients while one was admitted to Holy Family Hospital,” reads part of the report signed by District Commissioner Gossam Mafuta.
The Government of Malawi, through the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA), will from the month of September 2018, undertake a once-off maize distribution exercise targeting acute food-insecure households in 26 districts of the country, pending the final Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) report and development of the 2018/2019 Food Insecurity Response Plan.
Strong winds that blew over some parts of Chikwawa District during the night of Sunday, 9th September, have affected a total of 1350 households.
A preliminary report from the District Council indicates that the winds wreaked havoc in Traditional Authorities Ngabu, Lundu, Chapananga and Katunga, and left three people injured.
“One person has been admitted to St. Montfort Hospital in Nchalo and the other two sustained minor injuries and were treated as outpatients,” reads part of the report.
Lilongwe, June 19, 2018: President Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika has affirmed his government’s commitment to end hunger and malnutrition which remains high among Malawians especially children.
Mutharika made the remarks in Lilongwe at Kamuzu Palace on Monday during an audience with His Majesty King Letsie III of the Kingdom of Lesotho. The king is in the country in his capacity as United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Special Ambassador on Nutrition.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development wishes to inform the general public that there is a suspected outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease that has been reported in Lisungwi and Kuthembwe Extension Planning Areas in Neno and Blantyre Districts.
BLANTYRE, May 22, 2018: President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has urged the private sector in the country to support the Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) for it to enhance its humanitarian response activities towards mankind.
Speaking on Tuesday at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre during the inauguration of 2018 Red Cross/Crescent Week, Mutharika said the productivity of the private sector depends on meeting the needs of people who provide them with labour.
The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) is consulting communities in eight districts of the country on the review of the National Disaster Risk Management Communication Strategy (NDRMCS).
Vice President and Minister of Disaster Management Affairs Dr. Saulos Chilima says the country needs to adopt new irrigation technologies if it were to make strides in ending persistent food insecurity.
Chilima made the observation on Tuesday when he visited families affected by recent floods in Nkhotakota.
DoDMA to distribute relief items stockpiled at its Karonga Warehouse
Plans to replenish the warehouse with more relief items at an advanced stage.
A disaster assessment report by the Karonga District Council indicates that heavy rains that continuously fell in Karonga District caused serious flooding and affected 300 households [approximately 1650] people.
A disaster assessment report by the Salima District Council indicates that stormy rains that hit most parts of T/A Mwanza on Sunday; 8th April, affected 90 households [approximately 495 people].
The report, signed by Disaster Officer Blessings Kamtema and District Commissioner Charles Mwawembe, calls for immediate relief assistance.
“The affected households require food and non-food relief items such as plastic sheets, maize and kitchen utensils,” reads part of the report.
The Joint Programme, Improving Access and Quality of Education for Girls in Malawi (JPGE) is implemented in 81 schools in three districts of Malawi. It aims at improving access, quality and relevance of education for girls, through addressing key known threats to girls’ education.
The threats include poor food and nutrition, inadequate protection against sexual and physical violence, poor quality schooling, harmful social and traditional practices and violations of girls’ sexual and reproductive rights.
impressed with the implementation of projects under SGS
An expert in disaster risk management (DRM) says countries need to scale up efforts if they were to make progress in mitigating the impact of floods.
Professor Weihua Fang who teaches at the Academy of Disaster Reduction and Emergency Management (ADREM) of the Beijing Normal University, said this on Thursday in Karonga District when he visited Mwaulambo Evacuation Centre which was constructed under the Malawi-China-UNDP Disaster Risk Reduction Small Grants Scheme (SGS).
Written by Sylvester Kumwenda
Lilongwe, March 15: The Civil Society Organization Nutrition Alliance (CSONA) says there is need to advocate for behavior change in districts which are regarded as food baskets in Malawi but are still recording high numbers of malnutrition cases.
In the Malawi Demographic Household Survey of 2016, Malawi has reduced stunting cases by 10 percent against the 47 percent recorded in 2010.