Status On Disasters And Response Operations

The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) in the office of the President and Cabinet would like to update the general public on the status of disasters and response operations in the 2022/23 rainfall season.

Madagascar Calls For Collaboration In Disaster Management

Authorities responsible for disaster risk management (DRM) in Madagascar have called for close collaboration with Malawi in implementing various DRM programmes.

Malawi Honours Pledge Of Humanitarian Support To Mozambican Government

Malawi has donated 30 metric tonnes of beans to the Mozambican government towards supporting people affected by the incursions in Cabo Delgado.

Press Trust Donates K60 Million Worth Maize Flour To People Affected By ANA

Press Trust has donated 182.5 metric tonnes (approximately 3,650 bags each weighing 50kg) of maize flour worth MK60 million to people affected by moderate tropical storm ANA.

Lilongwe Water Board Donates K10 Million Worth Relief Items To People Affected By ANA

Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) on Friday (18th February) donated assorted relief items worth K10 million to people affected by Tropical Storm ANA.

Sapitwa International Schools’ Learners Donate To People Affected By ANA

Learners from Sapitwa International Schools on Wednesday (16th February, 2022) donated assorted relief items to people affected by Tropical Storm ANA.

JICA Donates MK200 Million Worth Relief Items Towards ANA Response

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has donated K200 million worth emergency relief items to the Government of Malawi for people affected by Tropical Storm ANA-induced floods.

China Donates MK129 Million Towards Tropical Storm ANA Response

The Government of the People’s Republic of China has donated funds amounting to MK129 million to Malawi Government towards Tropical Storm ANA flood response.

Provision Of Food Assistance Under The Lean Season Food Insecurity Response Programme

Government, through the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) in collaboration with various development and humanitarian

ERIMA Investment Donates Relief Items To People Affected By Tropical Storm ANA

The Lilongwe-based ERIMA investment has donated relief items worth over MK2 million to assist people affected by Moderate Tropical Storm ANA

ERIMA Investment Donates Relief Items To People Affected By Tropical Storm ANA

The Lilongwe-based ERIMA investment has donated relief items worth over MK2 million

Chakwera Calls For Unity In Disaster Response Operations

President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera has called for unity amongst the citizenry of this country and all stakeholders in disaster response

Ndirande Flash Floods, Stormy Rains Affect 126 Households, Displaces 32 People

Flash floods and stormy rains that hit Ndirande Township in Blantyre City have affected 126 households;

Commemoration Of The International Day For Disaster Reduction

13th October is the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR). The day is commemorated every year as one way of raising awareness

Commissioner Calls For Collaborative Efforts In Assessing Disaster Risks

Commissioner for Disaster Management Affairs, Charles Kalemba has called on councils and all disaster risk management (DRM) stakeholders to enhance efforts in assessing disaster risks.

World Humanitarian Day

Today, Malawi joins the rest of the world in commemorating the World Humanitarian Day (WHD), which falls on 19th August.


Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA) is a Malawi Govt agency for improving and safeguarding the quality of lives of Malawians especially those that are vulnerable to and affected disasters.


To become a highly reliable, efficient, effective and proactive disaster risk management coordinating institution that in turn is socially, politically and economically vibrant and sustainable.


To effectively coordinate the implementation of disaster risk management programmes through overseeing disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery activities.


To coordinate and direct the implementation of disaster risk management programmes in Malawi.

Dodma drills communities in camp management

The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) has trained communities in Phalombe, Zomba and Chikwawa in camp management and coordination.

The trained communities will be managing newly constructed evacuation centres in their respective districts and were drawn from members of the Area Civil Protection Committees (ACPCs), which are local structures involved in the implementation of disaster risk management (DRM) programmes at traditional authority level.

The communities have been trained in disaster risk management cycle, camp setting and closing, roles and responsibilities of camp managers, protection of displaced people, human rights safeguarding, protection of the vulnerable and information management.

DoDMA’s Principal Relief and Rehabilitation Officer, Natasha Mbengo, said the training was aimed at equipping communities with knowledge on camp management, for smooth operation of the evacuation centres and maintaining dignity of the displaced people.

Mbengo then called on the communities to ensure that the vulnerable are prioritised in running the centres.

“As managers, it is of paramount importance that you safeguard the rights of any displaced person and pay particular attention to the vulnerable. Children, people with disabilities, the elderly, women and the chronically ill are particularly vulnerable.

“As such, I urge you all to establish sub committees to be looking into issues of protection, human rights, education and health, among others, to ensure that no right is violated and that no one should take advantage of the displaced,” said Mbengo, adding that the training will extend to Mangochi and Balaka Districts where similar evacuation centres have been constructed.

Mbengo further called on the communities to jealously guard the structures, saying they will serve as safe havens in case of displacement.

Chairperson of Jenala ACPC in T/A Jenala, Phalombe, Samson Nakhonyo, described the training as an eye opener and a right step towards ensuring the sustainability of the constructed centres.

“We will develop our own constitution as a committee and most importantly, we will devise ways of generating income for the maintenance of the structures and implementation of disaster risk reduction programmes in our communities,” said Nakhonyo, adding that safeguarding human rights of the displaced will not be compromised.

DoDMA recently constructed five evacuation centres [places designed to host displaced populations from any type of disasters] in five districts of Chikwawa, Balaka, Phalombe, Zomba and Mangochi, with funding from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), formerly known as the Department for International Development (DFID).

The five flood-prone districts were amongst the worst hit during the March 2019 Cyclone Idai-induced floods which displaced about 87, 000 people and affected a total of 15 districts and two cities. The displaced sought refuge in schools, churches and relations’ houses.

The centres are expected to ease pressure on education facilities, especially in circumstances where displaced households seek refuge in nearby schools.




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