Tz Bails Out Malawi with Military and Humanitarian Aid

The Republic of Tanzania has deployed 94 soldiers, 59 of whom are combat engineers who will restore and rehabilitate infrastructure destroyed by  Cyclone Freddy in the southern region.

The Republic of Tanzania has once again responded to calls by the government of Malawi for humanitarian aid, following the disaster which has caused extensive damage in the region.

Through its ambassador to Malawi, Humphrey Polepole, the neighboring country has among other things donated medical supplies, maize flour, blankets and tents.

Tanzania has also deployed 94 soldiers, comprising 59 combat engineers who will work under instructions from Malawi Army, and will assist in search and rescue mission and rehabilitating damaged infrastructure among other tasks.

"It is an African culture and being neighbors we thought it wise to render support," he said.

While emphasizing that the needs in response to the disaster are many, Malawi's Foreign Affairs Minister Nancy Tembo commended the Tanzanian government for the second consignment of Humanitarian aid.

"This is the biggest tragedy for Malawi and the needs on the ground are many. But this support will help us as it is covering most of the needs," she said.

Tropical Cyclone Freddy which made landfall on March 11, has claimed  511 lives, displaced over 560 thousand as of Friday, March 24th.

Search and rescue mission is still underway in the region as over 533 are still missing and over 200 thousand people in the southern region can not be accessed by road.

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