Malawi Diaspora Network (MDN) a group of Malawians living in the United States of America has donated assorted relief food items worth K1.5 million to households which were early this year affected by floods in Karonga district.
Speaking Monday at Zindi Village after presenting the donation on behalf of the MDN, Karonga Health and Livestock Officer, Micheal Mapunda said the members of MDN were concerned after learning of the devastating floods in the district, hence the donation.
He said many households in the area lost their houses, livestock and foodstuff during the floods which hit some parts of the district from January to May and many of them have not yet recovered from the disaster.
“This area was flooded. Many donors and well-wishers who have been coming in the district to assist flood victims have been failing to reach this place because the roads were impassable. We, therefore, thought of assisting them after receiving financial support from MDN,” Mapunda pointed out.
Karonga District Council Disaster Affairs Management Desk Officer, Franklin Mtambo commended the grouping for the timely donation saying it would go a long way in assisting the affected household.
He urged other well-wishers to emulate MDN’s gesture by donating to flood victims in the district saying many of them are still in need of basic items.
Mtambo advised the people in the area to move to upper areas to avoid experiencing a similar disaster in the next rain season.
One of the beneficiaries, Advocate Mbale thanked MDN for the donation saying it would go a long way in easing some of the challenges the households have been facing.
He appealed to organizations and individuals to support the affected families with livestock and intercropping programs for sustainable recovery.
The donation included cooking oil, beans, bales of sugar, salt and maize flour.