- UNICEF Humanitarian Action for Children 2015: Malawi
- OCHA Preliminary Response Plan - Malawi Floods 2015
- UNICEF Malawi Floods Situation Report #6, 28 Jan 2015
Appeals & Funding
Heavy mid-season rainfall has caused extensive flooding across several areas in the region, affecting approximately 930,000 people, including some 300,000 who were displaced from their homes. Despite the current humanitarian response, the extent of the crop land inundated by these floods will likely result in total loss of production and significant food gaps, particularly for poor households, during the 2015/16 consumption year. Emergency life-saving services including the provision of food, shelter, and safe water are needed for the affected households.
Weather outlook for the period 30 January to 05 February 2015 forecasts continued above normal rains. High rainfall amounts continue to be recorded particularly along the Shire River Basin, posing risks of further flooding in already flood affected districts.
More funding is required to scale up the response in all sectors. Despite ongoing interventions, the outstanding gaps leave the displaced population highly vulnerable and at risk.
Continuous rains in Chikwawa district on 29th and 30th January 2015 have resulted in people arriving at some IDP sites.
A total of 27,131 people have so far been reached with sanitation services and 23,941 have been provided with safe drinking water in the hard hit affected areas. Work on provision of these services in continuing to reach more people.
The aerial delivery of relief supplies has revealed the tragic human and environmental cost of the floods that hit Malawi following torrential rains
Homes swept away like matchsticks, vast plains turned to mud, fields of precious crops drowned. An aerial view from a helicopter, rain hammering on its roof after delivering food aid, reveals the full devastation wreaked by Malawi’s worst floods for half a century.
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Regional Update (updated 18th of December 2014)
GENEVA (30 January 2015) – A group of United Nations human rights experts today urged the international community to rapidly provide all necessary funding and assistance to the Government of Malawi and humanitarian actors in response to some of the worst flooding in the country in living memory. Flooding has also affected Madagascar and Mozambique where international assistance is crucial to scale up responses.
Over 42,000 people are living in overcrowded tents after heavy flooding in Malawi. Red Cross is working hard to provide safe water and prevent cholera and malaria outbreaks.
With over a third of Malawi devastated by floods, the International Red Cross Movement is racing to help 42,000 desperate people.
Secretary-General Ethel Kaimila of Malawi Red Cross Society has a grim report from the stricken districts. "Floods are a common occurrence in Malawi but nothing so desperate as this has been seen for more than a decade.
Since the beginning of January 2015, Malawi has been experiencing floods due to heavy rains. An estimated 121,000 people have been displaced since the floods hit the southern region of the country, with many families taking shelter in camps established in schools. Over half of those affected are children, and one fifth are under the age of five. The floods have caused extensive damage to crops, livestock and infrastructure including schools and health facilities. The southern districts of Nsanje, Phalombe, Chikwawa, Machinga and Zomba are so far the most affected.
Additional rainfall expected in flood-affected parts of southeastern Africa, dryness continues in Angola
Since early January 2015 the southern districts of Malawi have been experiencing above-normal rains, which have provoked massive floods along the Shire and Ruo rivers.
Following a Declaration of a State of Disaster on 13 January, the Government announced the launch of a Preliminary Response Plan budgeted at US$ 81 million. A resource mobilization strategy has been put in place, with briefings to the UN Member States in New York, Geneva and South Africa.
Ahead of the African Union Summit, former Presidents of Malawi, Mali, Nigeria and South Africa are among the new Champions committing to Fast-Tracking access to HIV prevention and treatment services in sub-Saharan Africa.
JOHANNESBURG/GABORONE, Botswana, 23 January 2015—Today, the Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation (Champions) announced that four leaders are joining their distinguished ranks.
À quelques jours du sommet de l’Union africaine, les anciens Présidents du Malawi, du Mali, du Nigéria et d’Afrique du Sud comptent parmi les nouveaux Champions qui s’engagent en faveur d’une accélération de l’accès aux services de prévention et de traitement du VIH en Afrique subsaharienne.
JOHANNESBURG/GABORONE, Botswana, 23 janvier 2015 – Le groupe Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation (Champions pour une génération sans sida) vient aujourd’hui d’annoncer que quatre leaders avaient rejoint leurs rangs déjà composés d’éminentes personnalités.
THE Salvation Army is responding after severe floods caused devastation in Malawi. More than 300 people are reported to be dead or missing, and Colonel Moses Wandulu (Territorial Commander, Malawi) reports that houses, livestock, food and crops have been swept away, leaving survivors with nothing. More than 100,000 people were left homeless, with an estimated 300,000 affected in some way.
By Jolien Carnel
With recent flooding and displacement in Malawi heightening children’s vulnerability, UNICEF has intensified its efforts to treat and prevent sickness and malnutrition.
CHIKWAWA, Malawi, 29 January 2015 – It’s a new day at Tizola Green Bank Camp. Those who managed to find a comfortable place to sleep have woken up hungry after another night. As children are particularly affected by the lack of food, the District Health Office organizes an under-5 clinic in the camp every morning.