19 February 2017
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Mutharika reaches out to Mtandire flood victims

Lilongwe, February 15, 2017: Malawi’s President Professor Peter Mutharika has assisted floods victims of Mtandire in Lilongwe with assorted relief items who were affected by heavy rains. Speaking Wednesday, at Mbalame C.C.A.P in Mtandire Mutharika said they sincerely share the deepest sympathy over the sad news on the devastating disasters which occurred on Friday February 10, 2017. “Government has engaged other well-wishers and partners for assistance and we are receiving very positive responses and pledges.” said Mutharika. He said the government decided to distribute Maize, Beans, Cooking oil, buckets among others towards disasters relief in response to the request by people surrounding the area through Group Village Headman Chigoneka. In his remarks Vice President Dr Saulos Chilima said currently the government through the humanitarian program they are assisting 6.3 million people in the country. He warned the people who are coming during the relief distribution as affected people to increase number of the victims with an aim of stealing from the affected floods victims, and advise those in charge of distributing the items to crosscheck the names and number of beneficiaries. Over the weekend police managed to find three dead bodies from the Lingadzi River who drowned due to the flooding water. The three deceased were Bakili White, 28, from Mawere Village, Traditional Authority (T/A0 Kachere in Dedza, Hasting Banda, 26, of Chigoneka Village in T/A Njewa of Lilongwe and Kondani Jackson from Nsanje district. The three drowned while attempting to rescue two young boys who were stranded after being trapped by the floods. 2,226 people have been affected with the flood in the area. Among them men, under five children, women, college students, secondary school students, primary school learners and elders.


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Combating disaster risks in urban areas

Blantyre, February 15, 2017: “At times, you have worked on the assumption that certain areas, due to their low risk rating, do not deserve attention. Very few organizations, if any, are currently working in urban areas to address urban risks and vulnerability. “And this is on the understanding or assumption that urban areas are considered disaster free zones. But this is not correct as things are changing. “Even those of us responsible for managing these urban areas, seem not to consider them as disaster prone areas as there isn’t much that we are doing,” this is what Vice President  Dr Saulos Chilima said at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe on 30th May, 2016 during the official opening of a-two-day National Disaster Risk Management Platform Conference. Dr Chilima continued to say that the country requires to do better on issues of disaster risk management and that it needs serious stock-taking and re-strategizing. Then, he was referring to heavy rains that led to fatal floods in Mzuzu and displaced thousands in Karonga. The sentiments by Dr Chilima are just in line with what happened in Lilongwe where hundreds of people were left homeless due to floods recently. For years, floods in Malawi have been associated with rural areas and rural poor communities in the remote areas of the country have suffered the worst floods ever seen in 2015, perhaps this is where the Vice president was driving to. But for the past two years, unusually heavy seasonal rainfall has caused widespread flooding in Mzuzu city and latest floods have also hit Lilongwe city where hundreds of people were rendered homeless as earlier on alluded to. According to United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) Malawi report for 2012, urban areas face various environmental challenges, including climate change, yet they do not feature high on agendas. The report which is also a Malawi national urban profile says the local councils have inadequate capacity to tackle integrated environmental management issues, including an integrated environmental management plan saying such an integrated plan would help a lot in addressing most environmental challenges, including climate change.   “Lack of local level legislation to support urban disaster risk, lack of technical capacity in times of disaster and emergency and lack of structures dealing with disaster management and prevention at the local level is a major challenge in Malawi.   “There is need for political will to address disaster risks and growing awareness of the impact of disasters and mitigation measures.   “Uncontrolled development in fragile areas is leading to environmental degradation. Corrupt practices and fraud are undermining building codes and planning regulations, resulting in substandard buildings and increasing disasters, like fire accidents. Climate change and increasing disasters both natural and human made,” says the UN report.   The report adds that urban areas need to have a map of disaster-prone areas and instigate a climate change programme.   In the meantime, Malawi’s disaster related policies do not recognize urban disasters. Even city and town councils do not have responsive urban disaster related policies. This is where Mzuzu and Lilongwe have set a wake-up call for disaster risk management stakeholders, city councils and everyone else so that they should start doing something to address urban risks and vulnerability.   The Malawi National Disaster Profile has shown that from 1979 to 2010, natural disasters have cumulatively affected nearly 21.7 million people and killed about 2,596 of them. Speaking when he visited flood victims in Salima recently, president professor Peter Mutharika said Malawi is living in difficult times and there is need to protect the environment by among others planting many trees and stop careless cutting down of trees. The president said; “But as we go through these sad times, let us remembers that it is our responsibility to stop this flooding from happening again. Climate changes is real and let us do our part to preserve the environment. “Just two years ago, we got devastating floods in most parts of the country. A year later, we had serious drought in most parts of the country. This year we are experiencing floods in areas that are not traditionally known to be flood-prone areas, such as Salima and Lilongwe. “Further, let me ask the relevant authorities to stop informal and unplanned settlements, poor construction and limited drainage systems. The flooding in Lilongwe is associated with these factors.

Mutharika said in Salima alone, in Traditional Authorities Ndindi and Pemba, there are over 1,030 households that have been displaced, and they are currently being housed in 5 emergency camps at Kandulu, Lifidzi, Mtanda Woyera and Msumwa School camps. Malawi is yet to recover from heavy floods that took place in January 2015 where thousands of people were rendered homeless and hundreds of lives lost. According to the Malawi 2015 Floods Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) report which President Peter Mutharika launched then, the floods exacted damages and losses were estimated at K145 billion (US$335 million). The Malawi's Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) report then showed that the country will need about K215 billion ($494 million) to fully recover from the floods. Worse still, of the US$494 million total recovery cost, only US$80 was available, courtesy of the World Bank. The report estimated the cost of reconstruction needs to be over K215 billion (US$494 million). According to the report, the housing sector suffered the highest damage calculated at K59.3 billion (US$ 136.4 million). The damage for the agriculture sector was calculated at the cost of K 23.7 billion (US$ 54.4million) while losses in the transport and water and sanitation sector were pegged at K21.9 billion (US$ 50.4 million) and K 8.2 billion (US$18.9 million). So far in 2017 from late 2016,  it is estimated that over 22,700 households have been affected by stormy rains, strong winds and floods while over 132 people have been injured across the country since November last year to date. With rapid urbanization, both globally and locally, attention to the challenge of disaster risks needs to turn to urban settlements, where high densities and settlement patterns can, and do create vulnerabilities. Rapid urbanization, especially unregulated growth, can lead to human and property vulnerability to hazards as urban areas have become a major concern in terms of disaster risk management. There is a lot that needs to be done including engaging cities and town authorities in planning their environmental management to mitigate disasters especially this time when Malawi is experiencing an increasing number of geological and climate-related disasters. Lilongwe and Salima floods, should remind urban councils to take the lead in controlling development and protecting encroachment into hazardous and disaster prone areas. Results of neglecting simple things such as improper land allocation by the municipal council may have huge impact in future more than what the country is experiencing now. It is high time the country needed to enforce its development regulations in order to avert situations where local chiefs in urban centres allocate protected or forest land to developers even when the places are considered a future hazard to national development. This has mainly been so because the country’s national land policy of 2002 recognizes customary land tenure in urban areas and allows chiefs to exercise jurisdiction. Therefore, it is also important to promote community participation during the planning process when organizations and government are conducting disaster risk reduction or management programs. This approach is especially useful as a community vulnerability assessment tool that can be used to promote awareness and training for both the communities and the development workers. It is argued that a dollar spent on risk reduction, saves about 7 dollars in response. There is, therefore, need for Malawi, as a country to invest more in disaster risk reduction both in rural and urban settings to avoid experiencing flood disasters every year.


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AGIC attributes high girl school dropout to lack of interest

Blantyre, February 15, 2017: Active Girls Initiative Center (AGIC) says it is saddened by the increase of girls’ dropping out of school despite efforts by Non Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) to keep them in school. Speaking with the Malawi News Agency (MANA) on Wednesday, Steve Chirombo, AGIC Executive Director said there are several factors leading to girls dropping out of school but the major reason that has been established by AGIC is that of the girls lack interest in their education adding that they do not have a vision. Chirombo said girls in the country need to be focused on their education because the NGOs, including AGIC, have a limit in the extent to which they can get involved in their education. “NGOs and other stakeholders have a limit. If they are not determined we cannot do anything. We cannot push them to stay in school,” said Chirombo. He also said that AGIC has done activities like holding talks with girls in different schools to help them realize their goals and be determined to accomplish them. “We want girls to be active participants in their education and we also want them to stand on their goals and be focused,” commented Chirombo. He said as AGIC, they are working with girls in schools like Phende and Mfera Primary Schools in Chikwawa District. Moreover, Chirombo said parents need to be open to discuss such issues concerning girl children so that they know the right way to behave and set positive goals for themselves. He said if parents are open with their girl children, they will be able to get information on the challenges the girls are facing and assist them accordingly before matters get worse. Chirombo also pointed out that most teachers are pompous and it is high time they needed to make themselves reachable by the girls. “When at school, girls consider their teachers as parents and so the teachers need to be open with them so that instead of fearing them like they do, they should be free to ask them things that can help them including those things they do not understand during class lessons,” said Chirombo. AGIC’s sentiments come at a time when twelve girls from three secondary schools of Chapananga, Phwazi and Kakoma in Chikwawa District recently dropped out of school in the last term due to early pregnancies and entering into early marriages.


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Red Cross supports needy learners with MK20 Million in Mwanza

Mwanza February 15, 2017: Red Cross Society of Malawi has disbursed about MK20 million towards supporting 200 vulnerable secondary school students in Mwanza by paying school fees and providing them with learning materials. Mwanza Red Cross Programs Officer, Yasinta Namacha said on Tuesday that most of the money have been spent on paying fees for boarding learners and examination. She said this at Chidoole secondary school where she gave out school items such as shoes, pens, exercise books and uniforms to less privileged students at the school. She said the support was part of a four year community resilient project which her organization is implementing in the district. “The project has four components and one of them is inclusive education where we are supporting needy learners from both primary and secondary schools. We hope that the support will lessen some of the challenges that could have made them dropout of school,” she explained. She also disclosed that at primary level the society is helping 300 needy learners by giving them exercise books, pencils, rulers, shoes and school uniform among others. Apart from education support, she said, Red Cross is also implementing interventions in the areas of heath, water, sanitation and hygiene. Desk Officer for Primary Education, Philip Kaphale thanked Red Cross for the support saying it would reduce school dropout rate in the district. He also advised the beneficiaries to make good use of the given materials by working hard to improve their school performance. Meanwhile, Mwanza Red Cross has organized a MK4 Million football and netball bonanza in which 14 teams from group village heads under Senior Chief Nthache and Sub T/A Govati in Thambani are expected to compete. The bonanza is aimed at disseminating key information contained in the community resilient project to the community. Mwanza District Officer Anthony Makhanga said sports is second to religion through which developmental messages are effectively reached out to the targeted community. “This is a good development because sports is meant to spearhead development. Organizations can easily channel their messages to the community through sports because it attracts a larger audience,” he explained. He said the district sports committee has already identified teams to participate in the bonanza which is scheduled to end early next month.        


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Malawi, Egypt to enhance development through cultural ties

Lilongwe, February 15, 2017: Malawi and the Arab Republic of Egypt have signed a cultural heritage interface deal from which the former could grab some social-economic development tips through exchange of cultural heritage between the two countries. Speaking during the official signing of Memorandum of Understanding on the same, Malawi’s Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development, Patricia Kaliati, explained that Egyptians take culture as a strong part of their economy and even thousands of years after civilization, they still remained deep rooted in their heritage and were way ahead of Malawi in development. “Culture is what defines the character and identity of a nation; and culture is what defines our attitudes and perspective in life and general development as a whole,” explained Kaliati who further disclosed that there would be cultural exchange visits between the two countries where each would learn the others activities. The Minister also pointed out the need to civic educate communities of both countries on the histories of each other’s cultural activities arguing that community involvement was vital in ensuring maximum results from the agreement. In his remarks, Egyptian Ambassador to Malawi, Maher El-Adawy echoed the Minister saying cooperation between the two countries in the field of culture would bring together the two peoples and would share ideas with ramifications on development. According to El-Adawy, the MoU signing was simply some official paper work cementing activities which were already being practiced, further revealing that Egypt had already celebrated its cultural activities twice in Malawi in the 2015 and 2016 and that there was another activity lined up for July 2017. “This is the sixth document we are signing within the past two years alone and I am glad that the two countries can sign so many (relations enhancing) documents in such a time period,” explained the Egyptian Ambassador. Cultural activities to be shared include theaters, festivals and child heritage according to the Civic Education Minister who has since challenged officials to implement what was in the agreement saying “without implementation, this agreement means nothing.”


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Mutharika reaches out to Mtandire flood victims

Combating disaster risks in urban areas

AGIC attributes high girl school dropout to lack of interest

Red Cross supports needy learners with MK20 Million in Mwanza

Malawi, Egypt to enhance development through cultural ties

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Mutharika reaches out to Mtandire flood victims

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Combating disaster risks in urban areas

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Mutharika reaches out to Mtandire flood victims

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Combating disaster risks in urban areas

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