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.
Speaking in Lilongwe, on Thursday (10th February, 2022) the Chinese Ambassador to Malawi, His Excellency Liu Hongyang expressed condolences and sympathy to the people that were badly hit by Tropical Storm ANA.
Hongyang said the donation was in response to President Lazarus Chakwera’s call for support towards the affected people immediately he declared a State of Disaster.
He said when his office learnt about the storm and its devastating effects, he reported back to Beijing; hence the donation.
“This is not the first time the Chinese Government is making such a donation. We hope that the money will cushion the hardships the affected people in the southern region are currently facing,” said Hongyang.
He called upon the donor community to provide the needed assistance to government of Malawi as it continues reaching out to the affected people.
He said: “Climate Change is real and it is damaging. It is not only a science issue but also a human rights issue. I hope that the donor community will lend a helping hand to the Government of Malawi to meet the needs of the affected people.
On his part, Commissioner for Disaster Management Affairs, Charles Kalemba thanked the Chinese Government for the donation and promised that it will go towards its intended purpose.
Kalemba hailed the Chinese Government for the gesture saying it has been a close ally of DoDMA in terms of humanitarian assistance in all the times that the country has experienced disasters.
“We still have got very huge needs in terms of supporting the people who are in the camps to have food and to provide shelter, later on rebuilding their lives.
“The money that has been donated by the embassy will fast-track the provision of food stuff and shelter so that we decongest the camps,” said Kalemba.