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Tanzanian Govt donates tones of maize and medicine to Mw flood victims

Written by  Bishop Witmos

 

 

Tanzania High Commissioner to Malawi (right) handing over  donated items to Malawi's Chiunguzeni. pic by Bishop Witmos

 

Karonga, March 26, 2015: The Government of Tanzania on Wednesday donated 1200 metric tonnes of maize and 66 tones of medicine to help Malawi Government mitigate food shortage and diseases among thousands of displaced Malawians due to floods that hit some parts of the country.

When the floods occurred and looking at the scale of damage caused, especially in the Lower Shire and other districts, the country’s President, Professor Peter Mutharika, declared the situation a state of disaster.

The Malawi Head of State also appealed to the international community for assistance of food and medicine to assist those who were affected by the floods.

Speaking during the handover ceremony of the items that came in 46 Tanzanian military tracks at around 5p.m. at Songwe border in Karonga District, Tanzanian High Commissioner to Malawi, Patrick Tsere, said his government decided to make the donation considering that the two nations (Malawi and Tanzania) are neighbours.

Tsere said Tanzania cannot stay idle without giving a hand while her neighbours are going through problems.

‘‘The President of the Republic of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete, decided to donate the relief items to the flood victims in Malawi after President [of Malawi], Peter Mutharika, made an appeal to the international community to assist his people who were displaced by the floods.

‘‘This donation is based on the fact that Malawi and Tanzania are neighbours, and we are all Southern African Development Community (SADC) members. So, in the sense of African neighborhood, you cannot see a neighbour going through problems and turn a blind eye pretending that all is well,’’ said the Tanzanian envoy.

The donation is aimed at mitigating food shortage and diseases among Malawians whose crop fields were swept away by the floods. According to reports, about 66, 000 hectares of crop fields went under water during the floods and several affected people are now living in camps as a result of the catastrophe.

Speaking on behalf of Malawi Government, Secretary and Commissioner for Disaster Management Affairs, Paul Chiunguzeni commended the Republic of Tanzania for the timely assistance, saying the donation had come at a time a lot of flood victims continue to face hunger.

He said people who have been displaced by floods may need food assistance for the whole of this year (2015) since they spent the entire farming season in the camps, meaning they have not been able to grow their own crops.

‘‘On behalf of Malawi Government, I would like to thank the Republic of Tanzania for joining the international community in responding to the appeal made by His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika soon after he declared the state of disaster to the 15 districts which were affected by the floods,’’ said Chiunguzeni.

The Malawi Defence Force will be responsible for transporting the donated items to the country’s warehouses, according to Chiunguzeni.

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