A disaster risk management technical team from Madagascar is in Malawi to learn how local authorities deal with devastating disasters.
Speaking at a Disaster Risk Management Stakeholder Engagement Meeting in Lilongwe on Monday, as part of the Malawi DRM Authorities Technical Exchange Visit, the Technical Advisor to the Director General of Madagascar’s National Disaster Management Agency (BNGRC), Bruno Emmanuel Randriaharihaja, said it was high time for the two countries to step up cooperation in disaster management to address their challenges.
“Madagascar is a disaster-prone island and faces similar challenges that often affect Malawi.
“This year alone, we have experienced six cyclones, including Tropical Storm Ana, whose effects have been so devastating.
“We are also aware that Ana has caused devastating effects in Malawi.
“Given this, it is of paramount importance that we share best practices and experiences in preparedness and work together to address the challenges we face,” Randriaharihaja said.
In his remarks, the Disaster Management Department’s Disaster Response and Recovery Director, Rev. Moses Chimphepo, agreed with Randriaharihaja, saying that the scale and frequency of disasters that Madagascar, Malawi and other SADC countries are facing are alarming and that effective collaboration and coordination is needed among them. countries and different stakeholders.
“The technical exchange visit and stakeholder engagement meeting comes at a good time when both countries are reeling from the impacts of cyclones and other disasters of the previous season and are also putting in place strategies and interventions for recovery as well as preparation for this season following the release of the SADC Regional Seasonal Forecast (SARCOF) 2022/2023.
“Therefore, the experience, knowledge and information shared during this technical exchange visit will go a long way in informing the operations and capacities of our respective institutions to deal with the impacts of disasters in our countries and in strengthening resilience,” said Chimphepo.
The exchange visit, which was facilitated with the technical and financial support of the World Food Program under the South-South Cooperation Programme, will provide a platform to share experiences, lessons learned and solutions suggested in the implementation of CRM programs.
Among others, the BNGRC will visit sites for community early warning systems, DoDMA Ntcheu warehouse for central level warehousing, evacuation center in Balaka, Malawi Red Cross logistics warehouse and the humanitarian transit zone in Bangula.
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