Malawi Finally Passes Disaster Management Act

Malawi, one of the most climate vulnerable countries in the region, has finally passed a Disaster Risk Management Act. The law was passed just a month after about 700 people died and over 500 others went missing in cyclone Freddy. The new law seeks to shift the focus from responding to disasters after occurrence to preparedness, reduction response and recovery.  It has been criticised for failing to create a Disaster Risk Management Commission and for having watered-down protection of vulnerable groups.

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