Muslims in the country have switfly responded to the impacts caused by Tropical Cyclone FREDDY in the southern region.
WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR
Muslim organisations such as An-Nasihah Trust, Muslim Youth United (MYU), Majilis Ulama Council of Malawi and the Asian Muslim Relief have taken various roles to help the people affected by the tragedy.
These organisations are in the heavily hit districts such as Blantyre, Chiradzulu, Thyolo, Zomba, and Mulanje assisting people affected by the natural disaster directly or indirectly.
For example, Muslim Youth United (MYU) has donated various items to people who have been affected by the cyclone freddy.
MYU has donated the items through a renowned social commentator, Onjezani Kenani who is on the ground supporting the victims.
According to Kenani, Muslim Youth United has donated 2000 plates, 1000 mugs, 1050 buckets with taps, 50 buckets without taps and 1000 cups.
On the other hand, the Asian Muslim Relief requests the Asian Business Community to provide MK 50 ,000 to their workers as a strategy to cushion them amid the devastating effects of Cyclone FREDDY.
The Majilis Ulama Council of Malawi led by the Grand Mufti of Malawi, His Eminence Sheikh Mahammad Uthman Ntalika has come up with a strategy to solicit funds and other resources to support the victims.
MALAWI GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION
Government has released K1.6 billion to address the impact of Tropical Cyclone Freddy which has so far killed several people and left hundreds homeless in its wake.
Minister of Local Government, Unity and Culture, Richard Chimwendo Banda disclosed this on Tuesday when a team of Cabinet Ministers visited Naotcha Camp in Chilobwe where over 1000 people who have been rendered homeless are seeking shelter.
Banda said the current Cyclone being experienced has heavily affected the country and has since called on other stakeholders to give those affected full support regardless of their affiliations, saying government alone cannot manage to address all the concerns brought by the cyclone.
THE IMPACTS OF THE CYCLONE FREDDY SO FAR
Several people have been killed in Malawi and Mozambique after Cyclone Freddy, packing powerful winds and torrential rain, returned to Southern Africa’s mainland.
Freddy barrelled through Southern Africa at the weekend for the second time in a few weeks, making a comeback after it first hit in late February.
Malawi bore the brunt, counting at least 190 deaths after mudslides overnight washed away houses and sleeping occupants. Some people are still missing and property have been damaged due to the calamity.