Over 800,000 people have been affected by the flooding in the wake of Cyclone Idai in Malawi, with 87,000 displaced, 59 dead and 672 injured.
Mr Jogezai warned that once the flood waters recede sufficiently to allow people return home, they will have a short time period to plant a ‘winter’ crop.
“If they do not plant by March/April (for a crop which will be ready in June/July) they will have to wait until September/October to plant the summer crops which will not be ready to harvest until this time next year,” he said.
Concern will start distributing seeds and tools to people as they begin to return to the land in the next two to three weeks. They will also provide cash transfers to assist people with rebuilding their homes and getting small businesses back and up running.
Meanwhile, Concern Worldwide staff are also working with Cyclone Idai victims in neighbouring Mozambique. The emergency team expects to commence distributing emergency supplies to support 25,000 people later this week. These emergency kits will include tarpaulin, blankets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets and cooking utensils.
Concern Worldwide Chief Executive Dominic MacSorely today thanked the public for their generous support for the charity’s Cyclone Idai appeal.
“We are deeply grateful to everyone who has supported the appeal to date but we urgently need to raise funds to support people in Mozambique and Malawi who are in desperate need in the wake of the cyclone,” he said.
“The public’s donations are enabling us to directly help some of the world’s poorest people recover from one of the worst weather events to hit the southern hemisphere.”
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