Brian Bowler
Malawi’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Brian Bowler and the Consul General of Kosovo in New York, H.E. Mrs. Teuta Sahatqija signed the agreement on behalf of their Governments.

Lilongwe, February 8: Malawi Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), Brian Bowler, has appealed to the UN to provide more support for thousands of people displaced by floods in Malawi.

A statement dated February 4, 2015 and made available to Malawi News Agency (Mana) says Bowler made the appeal to the Secretary of the UN General Assembly in which he gave an update on the floods.

 

Following the appeal, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) held a briefing on February 4, 2015, in New York, where the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) disclosed that it had set up special mechanism to solicit donations round the globe to support thousands of Malawians displaced by floods.

“UNDP has set up a ‘donate now’ button which is set up to receive donations by texting ‘MALAWIFLOODS” to 41444 (US only) or by visiting malawifloods,” the statement quotes Magdy Martinez-Souleiman, Assistant Secretary General, Bureau of Programme and Policy Support, UNDP.

Martinez-Souleiman added that the UN organization would do its part and would stand ready to boost the response to Malawi’s appeal for humanitarian support.

According to the statement, Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Bright Msaka, and UN Resident Coordinator, MiaSeppo, participated in the briefing from Malawi via video conference.

Msaka emphasized to the UN family the need for immediate assistance and aid in critical areas such as Agriculture, transportation and logistics, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, among others.

MiaSeppo commended Malawi Government and UN agencies for their immediate response, emphasizing on gender issues which UN Women and UNFPA, among others, are actively involved.

“The number of those affected has, and will, indeed, rise, and it will take time and support to repair the damage,” MiaSeppo is quoted to have said.

The Malawi envoy to the UN, Bowler, concluded by requesting President of the General Assembly and the Under Secretary General, Valerie Amos, through OCHA Under Secretary General, John Ging, to “consider sending a high level delegation to Malawi to have first-hand information to appreciate the damage and the suffering of the flood victims.”

Recent report released by the United Nations Disaster Assessment Commission UNDAC indicates that over 1 million people have been affected by the floods while the number of people displaced by the floods has almost doubled from 174,000 to 336,000 with 276 people dead or missing.

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