Malawi: Floods Update (14 January 2015)

Heavy rains over the last few weeks have led to severe flooding across Malawi. To date, an estimated 70,000 people have been displaced and 48 killed. The floods have also caused extensive damage to crops, livestock and infrastructure. The southern districts of Nsanje, Chikwawa, Phalombe and Zomba are the most affected.

In response, the President of the Republic of Malawi declared a State of Emergency in the 15 affected districts on 13 January 2015.

Some areas are inaccessible, impeding the conducting of assessments. Governments and partners have been providing assistance, with the Ministry of Finance reportedly having set aside K500 million (US$1.08 million) for response and recovery efforts. However, with the numbers of people affected and displaced continuing to rise, the President has appealed to the international community for support, specifically in the provision of tents, food and non-food items; and in the conducting of search and rescue operations.

Malawi has been receiving significant rains since December 2014, and this trend is expected to continue as the country is forecasted to receive normal to abovenormal rainfall between January and March 2015.

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