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Nsanje District Floods 2012: Disaster Impact Assessment and Recovery Framework
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We are pleased to present the findings of the Disaster Impact Assessment and Transi- tional Recovery Framework, a joint product of the collaboration between the Govern- ment of Malawi and its development part- ners. This exercise was conducted in Nsanje District to assess the impact and needs for recovery, reconstruction and disaster risk reduction in light of the January 2012 floods. The World Bank supported the training of national stakeholders in the PDNA method- ology in March 2012. As a follow up to the March, 2012 training, this hands-on PDNA training exercise, has not only provided an opportunity for the officers who were trained to put into practice the theory learnt during the training but has also helped identify key recovery, reconstruc- tion and disaster risk reduction recommen- dations towards finding a long term solu- tion to the recurrent floods in the area. The aim of this assessment has been to esti- mate the overall impact of the 2012 floods on the socio-economic development of the country in the affected areas; to formulate a recovery and reconstruction framework and to ensure that strategies for recovery incorporate the need for long-term resili- ence building measures. We are delighted that the recommendations of the assessment will feed into resilience building programs such as the Integrated Flood Risk Management Plan for the Shire Basin. This report highlights the foundations laid towards establishing a Transitional Recov- ery and Reconstruction Framework – an action plan including institutional arrange- ments, implementation, coordination and M&E mechanism for longer term recovery and reconstruction from this disaster. We would like to acknowledge the technical and financial support received from the World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Re- duction and Recovery as well as the partici- pation of other partners such as UNDP, Ma- lawi Red Cross Society, and Total Land Care in successfully completing this exercise. The Government of Malawi is fully commit- ted to taking forward the recommendations of the report and we believe that the work accomplished here will allow us to continue to build long-term resilience in the Lower Shire Basin.
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