The Chinese business community in Malawi, under the banner Chinese Chambers of Commerce in Malawi, have donated K38 million towards floods victims.
The donation made at Ministry of Homeland Security on Friday, came barely a day after the Chinese Government donated K60 million and rice towards the same cause.
Speaking on behalf of the Chinese community in the country, Chinese Charge de Affaires Wang Xiusheng said the Chinese business community were moved by the plight of the people affected by the floods.
He said: “The donation is aimed at offsetting the challenges being faced as a result of floods which have destroyed property and killed people and livestock in Malawi.”
Receiving the donation, Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi said it will relieve challenges being faced by the flood victims.
He said: “There’s more that is needed to restore livelihoods of affected Malawians. We need over K12 billion to be able to support the affected.”
Dausi also said 60 people have lost their lives while over 50 were hospitalised following injuries in the disaster.
He said: “About 700 000 people are scattered in different camps across the country and almost every district in the Southern Region of the country. We have over 103 camps in total.”
Apart from loss of life, livestock, crops, houses and other property have also been lost to the floods. n