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CADECOM, Good Neighbors, CARD rescue Phalombe flood victims

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Some of the Displaced Households in TA Jenala

Phalombe, March 2: Assistance towards displaced flood victims continues to pour in, with the Catholic Development Commission in Malawi-CADECOM, Good Neighbors International and Churches Action in Relief and Development (CARD) being the latest donors in Phalombe.  

Both CADECOM and CARD will be implementing six and four months emergency disaster relief projects respectively that will see households being provided with farm inputs such as cassava cuttings, sweet potato vines, maize seeds, fertilizer, cowpeas seeds, goats and tents.

The two projects cost approximately K23 million and K25 million respectively.   

On the other hand, Good Neighbors International, a Lilongwe based Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) donated assorted items to flood victims in the area of Traditional Authority Jenala to the tune of K21 million.

The items included plastic buckets, spoons, plates, plastic sheets, pots and mugs.

Speaking during the distribution exercise last Wednesday at Tchereni Primary School Camp, Managing Director for Good Neighbors International Kwik-ok Kim advised households to prudently use them as they were meant to improve hygiene and sanitation.

On the four month emergency relief project, CADECOM Diocesan Secretary Peter Pangani said the project was meant to save lives of at least 5, 000 vulnerable households in five T/As in Phalombe through agriculture input distribution and basic methods of conservation and climate smart agriculture.

According to Pangani, the project is expected to ensure increased food production, access to improved seeds, access to locally adapted varieties of planted materials and improved coordination and facilitation of agricultural emergency interventions among stakeholders.

He said the project is expected to incorporate issues of psycho-social therapy where displaced households would be engaged in dialogue to ease the shock and anxiety brought about when people experience such incidents.

The CARD project will target approximately 1000 households in the district with similar disaster relief activities. 

And District Commissioner-DC for Phalombe Paul Kalilombe commended all the players involved in the disaster relief activities in the district, noting that more assistance was needed.

According to Kalilombe, such activities will assist the displaced households return to their feet and continue living normal lives.

Approximately 20,993 households were displaced in Phalombe following heavy rains and strong winds that hit the district early this year. However, no deaths have been reported so far because of the disaster unlike the infamous 1991 avalanche that claimed numerous lives in the same district.

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