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Japan assists Malawi with K74 million for floods victims

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January 23: Malawi’s envoy to Japan, Major General Reuben Ngwenya disclosed that he has secured K74 million from the Government of Japan meant for the victims of the country’s floods that have left 176 people dead.

According to a press release made available to Malawi News Agency (Mana) Thursday, from the Ambassador, he said they sincerely share the deepest sympathy over the sad news on the devastating disasters.

Reads part of the statement, “On our side we have been engaging the Japanese government and other partners and well wishers for assistance and we are receiving very positive responses and pledges.”

Ngwenya in his statement said the Government of Japan had decided to provide K74 million towards disasters relief in response to the request by the government and the President’s declaration.

“This is for material items including 180 tents for family, 900 sleeping pads, 500 fleeces blankets, 400 wool blankets and 40 plastic sheets,” reads another part of the statement.

The ambassador in his release further notified President Peter Mutharika administration that Japan is also considering to provide additional K1.2 billion ($2.5 million), after approval by Parliament to assist in procurement and distribution of food through the World Food Programme (WFP).

The release also states that the Japanese government has decided to provide emergency assistance from humanitarians’ point of view for the victims as well as in light of the friendly relationship between Japan and Malawi.

According to the press release, Ngwenya has been in the limelight for being proactive in engaging different stakeholders in Japan to help the country in various ways.

The press release added that last year Ngwenya sourced a state of the art Fire Engine and also 10,000 litre Water Bowser vehicle for Mzuzu City Council, courtesy of Japanese Fire Fighter Association.

In 2013, Ngwenya also sourced six fire engines which were sent to the city councils of Blantyre and Lilongwe and on the health sector he sourced 10 dialysis machines which were installed at Kamuzu Central Hospital.

According to the press release the Ambassador also made headlines in July last year following a deal he struck with a Japanese car export Company, ‘Be Forward,’ to open an office in the country, a development he said will completely reduce forex burdens experienced by Malawians who purchase vehicles online, as they will be transacting using local currency when the office is opened.

Hundreds of people are still missing and over 200,000 people displaced and in urgent need for assistance especially in most districts of the country’s southern region.

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