UNDP’s resident coordinator Shigeki Komatsubara was speaking in Salima recently during a familiarization tour of Abwenzi-Khombedza evacuation centre.
The tour was organised by Office of the Vice President and Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma).Komatsubara said climate change is affecting many Malawians and he has since urged development partners in collaboration with government to put safety measures to mitigate the impact of natural disasters.
“Climate change is the chief cause of many negative impacts. As UNDP we have observed that sometimes it rains too much and sometimes it doesn’t rain when we expect it. We want to closely work with the government so that we can always be prepared and help secure livelihoods of the people of Malawi,” said Komatsubara.
In his remarks, Vice-President Everton Chimulirenji said government is committed to working with various stakeholders in implementing disaster mitigation and resilience building programmes.
“Government will support all organisations for the smooth implementation of disaster risk management and all developmental programmes aimed at uplifting vulnerable communities,” said Chimulirenji.
One of the foreign dignitaries present during the function was Ambassador Liu Hongyang of People’s Republic of China. The Ambassador said his country would continue supporting Malawi Government in disaster reduction . He then pledged 3000 metric tonnes of rice to be distributed to people affected by hunger.On his part, Traditional Authority Khombedza applauded UNDP and China for their collaboration in uplifting livelihoods of people in the country through various initiatives.
Early this year Malawi was hit by torrential rains that resulted in loss of lives and property and close to a million people got displaced.