Moses Masiye
April 21, 2015

A grouping of women who work at State Residences and spouses of men who work at State Residences on Saturday donated food stuffs and other relief items worth over K2.5 million to people who were affected by floods in Balaka District.

Speaking before distributing the items to beneficiaries in the area of Sub-Traditional Authority Nandumbo in Balaka North East Constituency, Chairperson of the grouping Mrs. Chance Ndidalira Mukhito said the donation was in response to President Peter Mutharika declaration of disaster areas, referring to all districts affected by floods.

She explained that since the declaration State house women have been holding various fundraising activities to procure the relief items.

“When President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika declared the national disaster, we said among ourselves that we cannot sit and watch others do something, but act.

“The contributions plus the fundraising activities we conducted, enabled us reach about 200 affected households,” said Mrs Mukhito.

Each family received maize floor, a blanket, cooking oil, and assorted utensils.

Balaka District Commissioner Rodrick Mateauma, commended State House women for the relief items saying the donation was timely, hence other well-wishers who came earlier did not reach out every needy person.

“The need for relief supplies is still there because crops were destroyed in the floods and these people have not harvested anything.

“We still require more support particularly food supplies until the next harvest,” said Mateauma.

According to District Disaster Officer for Balaka, Taonga Kamanga, up to 14, 000 farming families were displaced by floods in Balaka district with 4000 hectares of farmland washed away.

At least eight people including a four year old child died.

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