Response Hubs to ease survivor’s burden- Kalemba

Commissioner for Department of Disaster Management affairs Charles Kalemba on Thursday said government’s establishment of response hubs will enhance coordination among stakeholders and help address major challenges people face when disaster hits.

Kalemba made the remarks after launching of one of the response hubs in Nsanje at Bangula world Food Program premises.

A flooded area in Nsanje after Tropical Cyclone Ana made a landfall early this year

“This Facility will help stock essential commodities such as drugs, food, rescuing boats, among other essentials are available. You may recall that during Tropical Storm Ana and Cyclone Gombe it was difficult to serve affected families as the roads were cut off.

“This facility is an answer to such challenges as it will be the center of all important relief items and rescue equipment as everything will be prepositioned to serve the people of Nsanje and Chikwawa in time,” he added.

Kalemba further said the hub will fast track rescue and response operations in time of disaster.

“All stakeholders will be asked to bring their support here in time so that during disasters people should be served,” he said.

He therefore hailed World Food Program for its commitment towards the introduction of the response hubs in the country adding that such facilities will also be opened in Blantyre, central, northern and eastern regions.

Silvia Rossi Tafuri from WFP

World food program head of Heath Partnerships and Capacity Strengthening in Humanitarian Logistics Services, Silvia Rossi Tafuri said the response hubs are crucial as they will enhance coordination among clusters and organization during disaster.

“It was discovered that coordination is one of the weakness during disasters and this exercise was designed to address that challenge.

“This is so as all the clusters will be meeting at one point thereby working together in preparing and responding to disasters,” she said.