Following heavy rainfall and storm in March which caused heavy flooding and other forms of damage, mostly affecting the southern region of the country, the government on 8th March formally declared Malawi to be in a state of national disaster and sent out an appeal for relief items. The devastating heavy rains and floods displaced many households and reportedly killed more than 56 people.
In response to the appeal National Bank of Malawi plc on Tuesday, 16th April donated assorted relief items, food and non-food items, valued at K20.0 million to the victims through the Minister of Homeland Security, Hon Nicholas Dausi.
The Bank’s donation will go towards the affected people in Dedza, Mangochi and Mwanza.
During the presentation the Bank’s General Manager, Mr Harold Jiya said the bank believes for our country to move forward, every man and woman, young or old must participate in development work but when one is in a situation of being homeless, it is not easy to do so. The heavy rains and flooding affected our brothers and sisters emotionally and physically.
“With these items we are donating this morning we hope they will assist the victims to recovery in one way or another and go back to development work”.
In response the minister thanked the bank for the timely donation.
“On behalf of President Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika and all the people affected by floods, I would like to sincerely thank National Bank of Malawi for the timely donation. This donation will go a long way in alleviating the suffering of the affected people residing in camps.
“We will make sure that this and all donations reach the intended beneficiaries. We will distribute the donated items in Neno, Mangochi and Dedza Districts,” said Dausi who called upon other banks, companies, organisations and people of goodwill to do the same by donating towards flood response and recovery operations.
Members of Senior Management and Service Centre Managers also made personal contributions and together they put up K2,178,000 to assist the affected homes in Chigumukile in Chileka, Blantyre.
The donated items will be distributed by employees of the bank jointly with the staff from Disaster Management Office.