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Albarakah Charity Trust Supports 600 Cyclone Freddy Survivors in Mangochi

Officials from the Trust helping beneficiaries getting their relief items Officials from the Trust helping beneficiaries getting their relief items - pic by Raphael Mlozoa

As survivors of Tropical Cyclone Freddy are still recovering from the aftershock of the Cyclone, Albarakah Charity Trust on Tuesday distributed food and non-food items to 600 families in Mangochi district.

Director of Administration and Finance, Saidi Witness, told Zodiak online Tuesday during the donation at Mpinganjira primary school,  the donation worth K37.5 million is part of a K100 million the trust set aside for the survivors in the southern region with support from Petroda Malawi Limited.

Witness said people have endured enough and while they are still salvaging the remains of their properties to start rebuilding they need some basic needs to ease their pain as the government alone cannot manage, so their donation.

“The items are going to ease their sufferings at least for two to three days because whenever an individual has been assisted even for a day, still his suffering is alleviated than just left him or her alone,” said Witness.

Witness also asked the survivors to make sure that while rebuilding, they should take care of the environment, saying environmental degradation has also contributed to the impact of the cyclone.

Odinga Daudi, one of the survivors from Mitanga Village in the area of Traditional Authority Mponda in the district, said the items will help him to recover as he is trying to rebuild his house that collapsed.

“I survived by doing piece works and it will not be easy to find materials to build a new house and at the same time buying food for my family and with the support that I have received today it will assist me,” explained Daudi.

Each family has been assisted with a pack containing, maize flour, rice, salt, beans, cooking oil, tablets of soap, water bucket, blanket and other items.

In Mangochi district over 18 thousand households were affected by the cyclone.

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