Institute for Disaster Management Luisa Celma Meque has commended the Malawi Government for supporting her fellow Mozambicans affected by Tropical Cyclone Ana.
She expressed the sentiments on Thursday when he visited Mozambicans seeking refuge in three camps in Nsanje following the destruction of their homes in January.
Said Meque: “Our people are receiving all relief items along with their Malawian counterparts. They are mixing together as one family. This shows that we are one people regardless of boundaries.
“We have brought food items which all people in the three camps will share regardless of their nationality.”
The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) commission of disaster affairs Charles Kalemba thanked the government of Mozambique for the donation.
He admitted that food relief is not sufficient in camps but was quick to say that his department is making strides to ensure people have food.
Nsanje district commissioner Medson Matchaya said since January 25 2022, they have been accommodating flood survivors from Mozambique.
Chairperson of the Mozambicans at the camp, Masolino Phiso, said they need clothes, blankets and kitchen utensils.
He said: “We receive relief items, but we don’t have utensils for preparing the food.
“We appeal to the two governments to support us with the items.”
Meque was accompanied by Mozambique Ambassador Elias Jaime Zimba, Mutarara district commissioner Domingos Spriano Macho and other delegates.
They toured Nyamithuthu, Mnembe-Phokera and Bangula camps.
Meanwhile, 7 595 households affected by the storm are in various camps in the district. Out of this figure 2 115 households are people from Mozambique. n