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Norway's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Brende meeting Malawi's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Chaponda in Addis Ababa 27 January 2015. 
Photo: MFA.Norway's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Brende meeting Malawi's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Chaponda in Addis Ababa 27 January 2015. Photo: MFA

Norway donates NOK 15 million in humanitarian assistance to flood victims in Malawi

Last updated: 27.01.2015 // - I express my deepest sympathy with the people of Malawi who has been hit by by the disaster. We follow the humanitarian situation in Malawi closely, says Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Børge Brende.

Norway donates NOK 15 million (equivalent to appx. USD 2 millon or MKW 900 million) in immediate humanitarian aid to Malawi. - I express my deepest sympathy with the people of Malawi who has been hit by by the disaster. We follow the humanitarian situation in Malawi closely, says Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Børge Brende.

Malawi has been hit hard by floods. The floods have caused the biggest damages that Malawi has experienced in 30 years. The numbers presented by the Government of Malawi and the UN indicate that 174 thousand people have been displaced. In addition to newly established shelters, schools are used to shelter the homeless. In addition to the immediate assistance to those in need now, the longer term effects on crops, schools and health posts will be monitored closely in Norway’s long term cooperation with Malawi.

The Government of Malawi last week presented a response plan for humanitarian assistance. Norwegian organisations like The Norwegian Church Aid and Caritas are already involved in assisting the flood victims. The Norwegian Church Aid has supplied equipment from an emergency store in Dubai. This has been financed through NOREPS and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection assists the UN with personnel and resources.

- It is only natural that Norway assists Malawi in this situation. The additional NOK 15 million in humanitarian assistance that we now contribute, will be used towards immediate humanitarian needs, and will be channelled through the UN and humanitarian organizations, in line with the response plan of the Government of Malawi, says Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Børge Brende.


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