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Cyclone Freddy: Zambia remains deeply saddened by the humanitarian disaster —Kaunda


Zambia remained saddened by the unfortunate loss of lives and damage to infrastructure in Malawi following the devastating effects of Tropical Cyclone Freddy.

Zambia High Commissioner to Malawi Panji Kaunda said this when he handed over the donation of assorted items to Malawian Health Minister Khumbize Chiponda in Lilongwe on Friday.

Read more: Zambia dispatches humanitarian aid to Malawi, as Cyclone Freddy claims 250 lives

This is in the spirit of strong brotherly ties and good neighbourliness that exists between Zambia and Malawi.

Kaunda said in a statement issued in Lusaka that the devastating effects of the Tropical Cyclone Freddy had led to loss of lives and widespread damage to property.

President Hakainde Hichilema authorised the Zambia Defence Force to immediately come to the aid of the Malawian people during this difficult period.

The Zambian government donated blankets, dignity kits, tents, kitchen kits, salt, mosquito nets and chlorine.

The government also donated food, including 100 metric tonnes of maize, among others, which would be transported to Malawi by road.

During the ceremony, the High Commissioner noted that the Zambian government had been actively monitoring the situation in Malawi following the onset of Tropical Cyclone Freddy and remained deeply saddened by the unfortunate loss of lives and damage to infrastructure.

Kaunda stated that Zambia stands in solidarity with Malawi during the challenging time.

In response, the Minister expressed gratitude on behalf of President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera to President Hichilema, the government, and the people of Zambia for the kind gesture.

Chiponda stated that the aid would go a long way in assisting the ongoing efforts by the government of Malawi in addressing the immense and devastating challenges among the victims of the cyclone.

Contributed by Julius Phiri

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