Concern is working with staff in the camps to construct latrines and bathrooms and to provide safe water supplies.
This week it will commence distributing emergency kits containing essential items such as plastic sheeting, cooking utensils, mosquito nets and soap to those who are displaced. Concern is aiming to provide relief support to 4,500 people in the coming days and weeks. With rain continuing to fall, the flood waters are only subsiding slowly.
However, once they decline 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,” Concern’s Country Director in Malawi Yousaf Jogezai explained.
Concern will provide people with tools and seeds, along with cash transfers to assist people restore their homes and non-agriculture livelihoods. It is aiming to assist 90,000 people with these supports.
“Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world with very little capacity to respond to a natural disaster of this scale,” Concern Worldwide Chief Executive Dominic MacSorley said.
“Concern’s team on the ground in Malawi are responding but support from the public and the international community is desperately needed to raise €5 million to fund this work.”
Mr MacSorley urged the public to donate to Concern’s Malawi flood appeal by visiting Concern's website.
For more information contact Eamon Timmins, Media Relations Manager, at 087 9880524