The US government has so far provided $100,000 (MWK 81 million) in international disaster relief funding to meet immediate humanitarian needs resulting from flooding in southern Malawi. The aid comes in response to the state of disaster declared by President Lazarus Chakwera and the request for aid from donors.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) are partnering with the Government of Malawi to provide flood-displaced populations with shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) they urgently need. US aid will also help protect Malawians temporarily living in evacuation camps.
USAID, in partnership with CRS, will provide 1,000 flood-affected households with WASH kits so they can collect and store safe drinking water. To help mitigate health risks associated with flooding, USAID is providing hygiene promotion to more than 2,000 people. The donation will also provide flood-affected households with relief items such as blankets and cooking utensils.
U.S. assistance in evacuation camps will promote safety, dignity, and equitable access, especially for the most vulnerable, including the elderly, women, and children. Once displaced people can safely return to their communities, USAID will provide them with building materials so they can rebuild their homes.
The US government is committed to helping the people of Malawi respond to and recover from the disastrous results of Tropical Cyclone Ana.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the United States Embassy in Malawi.