Malawi: Floods - Jan 2019Ongoing
Although Tropical Cyclone Desmond did not reach Malawi its effects resulted in continuous rainfall in the southern part of the country since 22nd January through to 26th January 2019. Within this period, extensive rainfall were received for Blantyre, Chikwawa and Nsanje from the Department of Climate Change and Met service. On 23rd January 2019, the Village Civil Protection Committee (VCPC) reported to the District Civil Protection Committee (DCPC) on the flooding and subsequent displacement of people in some Tradition Authorities of Chikwawa District. Based on a preliminary assessment report, the most affected Traditional Authorities are Makhuwira and Paramount Chief Lundu in Chikwawa. The assessment reported that a total of 15,974 people were affected, 3,154 houses damaged or destroyed, and 5,078 people reported to be displaced across at least seven camps set up by communities and government through the VCPCs. The VCPCs managed to evacuate the IDPs to the following camps; Mpama CBO, Nyangu Primary School, Tizola Grain Bank, Phimbi Primary School, Livuzu Primary school, Sekeni Primary School and Alinafe Camp. Most of the affected houses were semipermanent structures. (IFRC, 11 Feb 2019)
A report from Salima District Council indicates that floods, that came about as a result of heavy rains, have affected 643 people in Mtauchira Village, T/A Pemba.The report further states that 257 people, of which 93 are under the age of 18, have been displaced and have since sought refuge at Kanduku Evacuation Centre[...]. (Gov't, Malawi, 15 Feb 2019)
Heavy rains and floods have affected most parts of the Southern Region in Malawi, following the formation of a tropical disturbance over the Mozambique Channel earlier in the week. At least 13 districts have been impacted, with Nsanje (more than 44,500 people affected) and Phalombe (25,000 people affected) hardest hit...On 8 March 2019, the President of Malawi, His Excellency Arthur Peter Mutharika, declared a State of Disaster in areas hit by the heavy rains and floods in the country. (OCHA, 9 Mar 2019)
In Malawi, nearly 739,800 people have been impacted, according to the Government, with 45 deaths and 577 injuries recorded. More than 75,900 people are estimated to be displaced, with many ad hoc camps established and people living out in the open as their houses have been destroyed. (OCHA, 13 Mar 2019)
Most read reports
- MSF: Cyclone Idai & Malawi flooding: Crisis update - 22 March 2019. 23 Mar 2019
- Govt. Malawi: Malawi: Floods - Situation Report No. 2 (as of 23 March 2019). 25 Mar 2019
- UNICEF: Geneva Palais Briefing Note: The situation of children affected by Cyclone Idai in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, 22 March 2019. 22 Mar 2019
- OCHA: Southern Africa: Cyclone Idai Snapshot (as of 14 March 2019). 14 Mar 2019
- The New Humanitarian: Briefing: The response to Cyclone Idai. 21 Mar 2019
BEIRA, Mozambique (March 25, 2019) — CARE staff responding to the devastation left by Cyclone Idai across southern Africa say children and women – particularly pregnant and lactating mothers – are most vulnerable in the storm’s wake. As flood waters begin to subside, CARE’s distribution of aid has focused on those suffering disproportionately, with the latest reports indicating that more than 700 people are now confirmed dead in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
March 25, 2019 2:39 PM
MAPUTO — Mozambique's President Filipe Nysui is warning countries ravaged by Cyclone Idai could face more flooding. The cyclone's heavy rains, which killed at least 750 people in Mozambique and neighboring Malawi and Zimbabwe, have also pushed dam retention levels to near maximums.
Mozambique said after heavy rains from Cyclone Idai, the water level behind the Cahora Bassa Dam, the fourth largest in Africa, is above recommended levels, raising the possibility that a discharge might be required to relieve growing pressure.
MATUNDO, Mozambique/LILONGWE, Malawi – Eleven days ago, Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall in Mozambique then crossed into Zimbabwe, leaving a wide path of destruction across Eastern Africa. By the time the storm struck, communities throughout Malawi and Mozambique were already reeling from days of fatal downpours and flooding.
This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 67 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:
- Cyclone in Mozambique and Zimbabwe
- Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Humanitarian crisis in Mali
Humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic.
This report is produced jointly by the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) of Malawi and the United Nations Office of the Resident Coordinator in Malawi, in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from March to 18-22 March 2019. The next report will be issued on or around 29 March 2019.
• As of 22 March, relief assistance in form of food and non-food items (NFI) was deployed to affected districts, but a significant gap still exists.
Government would like to express profound gratitude to several partners and stakeholders for the assistance rendered towards our beloved brothers and sisters affected by the recent floods in the southern region.
Government is very grateful for the monetary contribution of 150,000 Euro from Pope Francis to be distributed equally among Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The Pope’s contribution expresses his feeling of spiritual closeness and paternal encouragement towards the people and territories affected by the Cyclone Idai which hit the three countries.
Oxfam will begin distributing lifesaving aid including water purification tablets and hygiene kits to some of the communities worst affected by Cyclone Idai over this weekend.
Hundreds of thousands of survivors in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe are in danger from waterborne diseases such as cholera and diarrhea.
Cyclone Idai had caused extensive damage to water supplies and sanitation infrastructure. Many people are having to drink contaminated water. Urgent action is needed to prevent the outbreak of diseases such as cholera and acute diarrhea.
Today, March 22, upon the request of the Government of the Republic of Malawi, the Government of Japan has decided to provide emergency relief goods (Tents, Blankets etc,) through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to Malawi in response to the damages caused by the recent floods.
Upon the request of the Government of the Republic of Malawi, and in light of the humanitarian perspective and the close relations between Japan and Malawi, Japan has decided to provide emergency assistance to Malawi to meet its humanitarian needs.
March 23, 2019 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada
When vulnerable populations are faced with deadly humanitarian disasters, Canadians stand ready to assist them.
Since the beginning of March 2019, Malawi has experienced flooding and sustained heavy rain caused by the Tropical Cyclone Idai weather system. According to IOM Malawi, 81,613 households (HH) have been affected across four districts in the south of the country, specifically Chikwawa (12,755 HH), Zomba (29,892 HH), Phalombe (22,848 HH) and Nsanje (16,118 HH).
IOM will continue to carry out assessments to verify the data collected.
A weather system that produced heavy rains flooded parts of Malawi in mid-March 2019, before developing into Cyclone Idai which struck Mozambique and Zimbabwe on 14-15 March, 2019.
The flooding and damage has destroyed homes and the humanitarian needs are enormous.
We now have emergency response teams on the ground in all three countries. In recent days, assessments have been carried out and we are now starting medical activities and responding to humanitarian needs.
From 05-08 March 2019, heavy rains caused by tropical cyclone Idai led to severe flooding in the southern region of Malawi in one of the worst tropical storms in the region on record.
An estimated 868,895 people, including 443,136 children, have been affected by the flooding, with over 85,000 people displaced. Many of the displaced are sheltered in schools, and lessons for children have been severely disrupted. UNICEF is deploying 48 tents to shelter the displaced population.
This is a summary of what was said by Christophe Boulierac, UNICEF spokesperson in Geneva – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
- The death toll and damage continue to rise following the passage of Tropical Cyclone IDAI. According to UN OCHA, as of 22 March, in Mozambique 242 people have died, 1 500 are injured and 65 000 are housed in 100 collective sites located in four provinces (Sofala, Manica, Zambezia and Tete). More than 17 400 houses have been destroyed and 2 056 flooded. The most affected city of Beira remains only accessible by air and sea and is without electricity.
Tropical cyclone Idai causes heavy flooding in Mozambique and Zimbabwe
Tropical cyclone Idai caused flooding in southeastern Africa
Last week, Tropical cyclone Idai caused major flooding in Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The storm made landfall on Thursday, bringing torrential rainfall and strong winds to central Mozambique (Figure 1). Moderate to heavy rainfall was observed in central South Africa and northern Madagascar, while below-average and limited rainfall was received elsewhere.
With 1.5 million people in southern Africa affected by Cyclone Idai, and Australians bracing for Cyclones Trevor and Veronica, aid agency CARE Australia says people the world over are suffering because of increasingly severe weather events.
Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi a week ago and CARE is providing aid to people who have lost everything and are still at risk due to severe flooding.
CARE Australia's emergency response manager, Stefan Knollmayer, said the cyclones illustrated the human cost of climate change.
by Megan Staub
In early March, southeast Africa suffered severe rainfall from the Idai storm system, which killed more than 100 people and led to serious damage to infrastructure and crops — a devastating loss just before harvest season. Idai strengthened into a powerful Category 3 storm in the following days and made landfall on March 14 in Mozambique before striking both Malawi and Zimbabwe.
Flooding and landslides in Papua have displaced at least 10,000 people to 18 different sites with a death toll of at least 104. Over 160 people are thought to be injured. Meanwhile, flooding in central Java has triggered floods and landslides which have damaged at least 172 houses and caused an unknown number of casualties.