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Malawi declares state of disaster due to drought crisis

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Malawian's President Lazarus Chakwera has declared a state of disaster in 23 out of 28 districts, signalling a severe droug

Malawian’s President Lazarus Chakwera has declared a state of disaster in 23 out of 28 districts, signalling a severe drought affecting millions

Malawi declares state of disaster due to drought crisis
Malawi declares state of disaster due to drought crisis

With over 2 million farming households struggling due to dry spells linked to El Niño, urgent humanitarian aid exceeding $200 million is crucial.

President Chakwera’s declaration comes amidst efforts by organizations like the World Food Programme to distribute aid in hard-hit regions like Neno district, where families like Manes Kanjala’s are grappling with failed harvests.

Kanjala, who relies on farming, lamented the devastation caused by erratic weather, noting the absence of maize crops despite their efforts. Brighton Mphinga, a Disaster Risk Management Officer, anticipates increased support following the presidential decree, acknowledging the urgent need for assistance.

The “Presidential Initiative to Stop Hunger” seeks aid from both local communities and the international community, aiming to address the pressing need for over 600,000 metric tons of food aid. Malawi’s recurring weather crises underscore the urgent need for sustainable solutions to mitigate future impacts, as neighbouring Zambia faces similar challenges.

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