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19/01/2015: STATE OF DISASTER IN MALAWI

To: Malawians Resident in Canada and the USA.

 

The Embassy of the Republic of Malawi to the United States of America would like to inform all Malawians resident in Canada and the United States that His Excellency Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi, has, pursuant to the Disaster Preparedness and Relief Act, Chapter 33:05 of the Laws of Malawi, declared a State of Disaster in the following fourteen districts affected by flush-floods and heavy and incessant rains that have left many people dead, displaced thousands, and caused widespread destruction of property and infrastructure:

 

  1. Nsanje
  2. Chikwawa
  3. Blantyre
  4. Chiradzulu
  5. Mulanje
  6. Phalombe
  7. Zomba
  8. Balaka
  9. Machinga
  10. Mangochi
  11. Ntcheu
  12. Salima
  13. Rumphi
  14. Karonga

 

As at January 16th, 2015, the devastation left close to 200 people dead, destroyed more than 20,000 households and displaced about 200,000 people. Thousands more were injured. These figures are bound to increase as heavy and incessant rains, and search and rescue operations, continue.

 

In this regard, the Malawi Government is requesting all Malawians resident in Canada and the United States to join hands among themselves and with charitable and non-charitable organizations and other well-wishers, and assist in mobilizing relief items and supplies needed to provide for the basic needs of people affected by this unprecedented natural disaster. The relief items and supplies include, but are not limited to:

 

  1. Helicopters and boats for rescue operations
  2. Air lifting  of relief supplies
  3. Tents and other mode of appropriate shelter
  4. Food including cornmeal, beans, cooking oil, rice, energy bars
  5. Drugs including antibiotics, anti-malarial tablets, vitamin supplements, disinfectants
  6. Water treatment systems and water containers
  7. Water bowsers, water tanks, bottled water
  8. Clothing, bedding, mosquito nets
  9. Lighting including solar lamps, and flash lights
  10. Feminine care/sanitary products, toiletries
  11. Kitchen utensils
  12. Energy –efficient cook stoves
  13. Any relief items that will alleviate the plight of those affected

 

The Embassy recognizes, appreciates and commends the patriotism of Malawians who, individually or through Malawi Associations, are already responding to the appeal from the Malawi Government by mobilizing relief supplies or have extended the appeal to well-wishers in their communities.

 

The Malawi Government requests that relief items and supplies be channeled through the Department of Disaster Management Affairs, Capitol Hill, Private Bag 336, Lilongwe 3, Malawi. The Department is mandated by law to coordinate the distribution of relief items and supplies to the affected areas. The Department may be reached on telephone through its Points of Contact, Mr. Paul Chiunguzeni and Mr. James Chiusiwa, at +265-99-126-9066; +265-88-886-7015; +265-99-993-7952; +99-920-5939; +265-88-887-2314. The Malawi Government requests further that financial contributions be deposited into the following interim bank accounts:

 

FDH Bank, Capital City Branch, Lilongwe, Malawi

Malawi Kwacha Account Numbers: 97 00 000 100514

97 00 000 105252

US$ Foreign Currency Denominated Account

Account Name: FDH Bank Limited

86 000 000 18078, Swift Code FDHFMWMW

Bank Name: Barclays Bank, London

Swift Code: BARCGB22

Account Number: 7723 1488.

 

Cheques should be made payable to the “Office of the Vice-President-Disaster Management.”

 

Malawians are assured that the Malawi Government will acknowledge receipt of all contributions in cash or kind and ensure that they reach people affected by the disaster.

 

For further details or questions, please contact the Embassy of the Republic of Malawi to the United States or the Department of Disaster Management Affairs in Lilongwe directly through its Points of Contact mentioned above.

 

Embassy of the Republic of Malawi

2408 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20008

Telephone: 202-721-0270

Fax: 202-721-0288

Email: malawidc@aol.com