$6.9 Million for Flood Relief

U.S. Donates $6.9 Million for Flood Relief in Malawi

Friday, February 6, 2015: U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia E. Palmer and USAID/Malawi Mission Director Doug Arbuckle welcomed a delivery of US $100,000 worth of disaster relief commodities for Malawians affected by the floods at Kamuzu International Airport today.

The supplies include 200 rolls of plastic sheeting to provide temporary shelter for 2,000 households; 2,000 jerry cans; and 2,000 blankets; which will be distributed to Malawians in need of assistance after the devastating floods.  The United States is further providing US$5 million in food to support flood victims.

The United States Government assistance to Malawi’s flood response totals US $6,900,000.  The first distribution was $50,000 on January 18, 2015 to UNICEF for immediate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs.  This week, the United States will donate US$5,000,000 to the World Food Program (WFP) for food distribution to flood victims. USAID will also donate $1.7 million to GOAL, Save the Children, Catholic Relief Services, Project Concern International, WFP, UNICEF, OCHA and IOM for WASH needs, planting materials for early agriculture recovery, coordination of responses at the district level, camp management and logistics support to UNICEF in the event of disease outbreak. (Please see attached chart for a thorough breakdown of donations).

Prior to the flooding, the United States had already provided US$7 million to support the Malawian Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) response to seasonal food insecurity affecting 640,000 people in 19 districts across Malawi.  These resources were provided to the WFP in August 2014.  The assistance included 6,000 metric tons of maize, 1,000 metric tons of pulses and 880 metric tons of vegetable oil.  In addition, 15,000 bed nets worth approximately $53,400 have been reprogrammed to help protect flood victims from malaria.

Last week, technical experts from USAID’s United States’ Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance assessed flood-affected areas of Southern Malawi.  The team visited camps housing displaced populations, met with local government officials and UN agencies coordinating the response, and assessed crop damage.

USAID/Malawi Mission Director Doug Arbuckle confirmed that, “The United States is committed to Malawi’s welfare and development and we are proud to partner with the people of Malawi in this time of need.”