Cash Donations to Malawi Red Cross Hit K432 Million
The Malawi Red Cross Society says it has so far received cash donations of 432 million kwacha from well-wishers and the corporate world to support Cyclone Freddy survivors.
The organisation’s spokesperson Felix Washoni told Zodiak on Monday that the society also received in kind assistance like blankets, clothes and many more others, assuring Malawians that all resources are being used in a prudent and transparent manner.
“People trust us because we are transparent and accountable,” said the spokesperson.
He further stated that it is pleasing to note that most well-wishers, organisations and companies continue to donate various relief items to the society in order to reach out to more victims.
This comes when other organizations are going directly to the victims to render support on their own.
One of such organizations is Round Table which donated various items worth K15 million to 900 people at Chidyamanga and Tabwa camps in Ngabu area in Chikwawa district.
Round Table Blantyre Chairperson, Sebastian Chibwana and Member of Parliament for Chikwawa South, Illias Karim said there is a need for more assistance to the people.
"We were just recovering from cyclone Ana and Gombe when cyclone Freddy hit us again, killing people, damaging houses, sweeping livestock and crops. We are in dire need of support,” said Karim.
He however thanked president Lazarus Chakwera and Department of Disaster management affairs for some assistance to the affected households but said more is needed.
Cyclone Freddy has killed more than 510 people, with hundreds others missing and thousands displaced in the southern region with a higher death toll in Mulanje and Blantyre city.