Malawi President Arthur Peter Mutharika declared the state of calamity for areas of the country affected by the rains and floods and asked for help to support the population, according to a statement from the presidency’s communications office.
Lusa further states that, using the powers conferred upon it by the laws of the country, the President, Arthur Peter Mutharika, declared the state of calamity in the areas that were affected by the heavy rains and floods in the country and asked for help.
Following the declaration of a state of calamity in southern Malawi, the head of state also shortened his work visit to the northern part of the country and will travel south via Lilongwe to respond to the crisis lives in those areas, the statement said.
“The President is very concerned about the situation and has given indications to the Department of Disaster Management under the Ministry of Internal Security to urgently mobilize resources and coordinate emergency operations and support for all victims,” adds the text.
He also gave directives to the Malawian Defense Forces (MDF) to quickly send resources to the affected areas to assist displaced people and people isolated because of the floods.
In the same communiqué, Arthur Peter Mutharika assures that “everything will do to ensure the necessary support to all citizens” affected by the rains and floods and “appeals” to all entities of good, private and local and international organizations, including religiously based , to assist the Government of the country in the relief and support of all Malawians affected by that calamity.
An East African country, Malawi has borders with Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia, being a democracy where the head of state and government is the President of the Republic. Agriculture and tourism are the most important industries.