Zambia has donated assorted relief items worth USD 250,000 as relief to the Cyclone Idai-affected country of Malawi.
Speaking during the official handover of the items in Malawi, Minister in the Office of the Vice President, Honourable Sylvia Chalikosa reiterated Zambia's commitment to fortifying the existing excellent relations between the two countries through humanitarian support.
Sylvia Chalikosa said that Zambia's President Edgar Lungu had sent her as an envoy to convey heartfelt sympathies to his counterpart, Professor Peter Mutharika, President of Malawi and the people at large over the loss of lives, injuries, as well as damage to property caused by cyclone Idai.
She emphasized the desire by President Edgar Lungu for the two countries to have a memorandum of understanding in disaster preparedness and response on common cross boarder hazards, which affect the two countries.
The donated items, included mealie meal, dignity kits, assorted medical supplies, kitchen sets and assorted clothes and shoes. Some of the items were procured by the Zambian government while others were contributions from the private sector, government parastatals, the church and individuals, as reported by Lusaka Times.
Nicholas Dausi, Minister of Homeland Security of Malawi expressed his gratitude to the government of Zambia and its people for such a noble cause, adding that the relief items would go a long way in mitigating the effects of the Cyclone Idai.