Flash Update VII: Southern Africa Floods, 21 January 2015

Malawi

A Preliminary Response Plan will be presented to the Office of the Vice President today, 21 January, based on which resources will be mobilized to support immediate interventions in affected areas. The plan is based on 121,000 people being displaced by the recent floods, with 50 people killed and 153 still missing.

WFP began food distributions to some of the flood-displaced in Chikwawa district on 16 January. Maize, beans, oil and Super Cereal (fortified corn soya blend) coming from in-country stocks for lean season assistance will need to be replaced once the crisis is over.

Distributions are continuing. High-Energy Biscuits arrived in Malawi on 20 January, from WFP’s Dubai Humanitarian Response Depot. These are intended for the most vulnerable, including children. Distributions will begin once supplies have been transported to the most affected areas.

Mozambique

In Zambézia Province alone a total of 117,685 people (23,893 households) have been affected by floods, which has destroyed 4,963 houses, 378 classrooms, 6 health centers and 51 bridges. The death toll due to flooding, lightning and collapsed houses has increased to 64. Around 50,481 people (11,662 households) are being hosted in 49 accommodation centres.

Immediate needs identified include shelter, WASH and food. Logistics support may also be needed to improve the effectiveness of the response.

Assistance is being provided by air, including medicines and food. Search and rescue operations are also continuing. Members from the Humanitarian Country team have also deployed to Zambézia Province to support the Government in the coordination, planning and response.

In total, 137,614 people have been affected by floods across the country.

Madagascar

Rains continue to fall over most of Madagascar, not only exacerbating the impact of Tropical Storm Chedza, but also causing flood conditions over the north of the country. The soil is saturated and river levels are high, including around the capital Antananarivo.

According to the latest provisional information from the National Bureau for Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC), the number of people affected has increased to 117,181 (although not all affected require humanitarian assistance), with 35 people dead.

This increase is due in part to heavy rains in Boeny and Sofia regions and new data from Manakara and Morondava. The response is continuing.

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