Malawi – Flash Appeal – Tropical Storm Ana, February 2022 – May 2022 – Malawi

Foreword by the Resident Coordinator

In late January 2022, Tropical Storm Ana swept through many districts in southern Malawi, leaving devastation and destruction in its wake. In the aftermath of the storm, more than 990,000 people urgently need life-saving humanitarian assistance and protection support, as well as livelihood support to recover from their losses and rebuild their lives. resilience, and access to basic services. It is essential that we galvanize solidarity and support for the most vulnerable people in Malawi who have been hardest hit by Tropical Storm Ana. To that end, this flash appeal is requesting $29.4 million from humanitarian partners to target nearly 542,000 people. The appeal aims to mobilize humanitarian action in support of the government-led response and is directly complementary to government relief efforts. We have worked hard to ensure that this appeal is prioritized and principled, and we are confident that the planned activities are those most urgently needed to bring immediate relief to those who need it most. In implementing this appeal, the UN and humanitarian partners pledge to ensure that the humanitarian principles of impartiality, neutrality, independence and humanity are fully respected. In making this appeal, I am aware that humanitarian assistance is not a long-term solution to the recurrent climatic shocks that continue to increase in frequency and intensity in Malawi. With the global climate crisis impacting countries like Malawi the most, intensive efforts are needed to ensure that people across the country are able to withstand growing climate shocks, as well as to tackle inequality and poverty. , as outlined in the country’s National Resilience Strategy. The UN and our partners are fully committed to helping the government build resilience and implement climate-resilient development. However, while longer-term efforts to address these immensely complex challenges are vital, today we face an urgent need to act quickly to save the lives and livelihoods of those whose homes and crops were disrupted by Tropical Storm Ana. I therefore call on the international community to show solidarity with the people of Malawi at this extremely difficult time and to stand with us as we scale up our response to this devastating event.

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