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)
[T]he Malawi Government, in collaboration with its partners, launched the Flood Response Plan to respond to diverse humanitarian needs from the floods that have devastated 15 of the country’s 28 districts. The response plan covers interventions to meet immediate needs in food, shelter, health and nutrition, water and sanitation, and protection services in the affected districts. It targets 162,240 households, including about 87,000 displaced people in various districts...Of the required US$ 42.7 million for the response, Malawi Government and its partners have secured US$13.3 million, leaving a gap of US$29.4 million. The response plan is for immediate humanitarian needs for the initial three months. (UNCT, 29 Mar 2019)
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Most read reports
- Theirworld: When disaster strikes: how education and children's futures were battered by Cyclone Idai. 17 Apr 2019
- Start Network: START Network: April Monthly Risk Bulletin (18 April 2019). 21 Apr 2019
- ECHO: Malawi - Landslide (Media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 22 April 2019). 22 Apr 2019
- UNICEF: One month on from Cyclone Idai, 1.6 million children still reeling from its impact - UNICEF. 13 Apr 2019
- IPU: Call for urgent international action to support Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe hit by Cyclone Idai. 17 Apr 2019
It has been a little over one month after Cyclone Idai made landfall through Mozambique and its neighboring countries. The following is an update presenting Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation (BTCF) relief actions in Mozambique as of April 20.
This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 66 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:
Cyclone in Mozambique
Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Lassa fever in Nigeria
Hepatitis E in Namibia
Chikungunya in the Republic of Congo.
This Emergency Appeal seeks a total of some 3.3 million Swiss francs to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) to deliver assistance to 69,713 people (13,943 HH) for 18 month with a focus on following areas: Shelter, Livelihoods and Basic Needs, Health, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Protection, Gender and Inclusion (PGI) and National Society Capacity Strengthening.
Lilongwe 23 April 2019 – The Government of Japan has provided a contribution of USD 1.25 million to respond to emergency needs in Malawi following Cyclone Idai. The contribution, provided to the World Food Programme, will support immediate food and cash-based transfer to flood-affected population and early recovery efforts, while the contribution to UNICEF will support child protection and menstrual hygiene measures in camps and communities.
Rainstorms and landslides occurred in Rumphi District in northern Malawi on 20 April. According to media, a landslide devastated an entire village between the Mphompha hills and Lake Malawi in the early hours of Saturday, 20 April, killing at least three people. Another nine people are reported injured and five missing. The disaster, which has affected a total of 20 households (about 100 people), has damaged personal and public infrastructure such as houses and schools. A search and rescue team has been deployed to the affected areas to search for the missing people.
The monthly risk briefing provides information on global weather, human and health events where members may consider using the Start Fund Anticipation process.
…provides 2,000 iron sheets, 3,000 ridges and 150 plastic sheet rolls worth K20 million
The Malawi Gaming and Lotteries Authority on Thursday (18th April, 2019) donated shelter construction materials worth K20 million to people affected by floods to assist them in reconstruction following devastating floods that left over 89,000 people displaced.
Speaking in Blantyre during a symbolic presentation of the donated items, the Gaming Authority’s Board Chair Billy Banda said as an institution, they were equally affected by the March 2019 floods.
USAID partner WFP reaches more than 1 million people in Mozambique with food and nutrition assistance
Zimbabwean President Mnangagwa launches $614 million appeal to fund recovery activities
Road access in Malawi improves, while authorities continue to repair key infrastructure used for the delivery of humanitarian assistance
Over 11,000 people displaced by Cyclone Idai in southern Malawi will receive food from Canadian Foodgrains Bank through an emergency response of Foodgrains Bank member World Renew.
Heavy rains swept through the country in early March, causing widespread flooding. Several days later, a cyclone with winds over 280 kilometres an hour touched down in the country, destroying homes, roads, infrastructure and crops.
Bangula settlement in Nsanje District, in the south of Malawi, is an arduous five kilometre walk from the border with Mozambique.
It is a walk that approximately 2 000 Mozambicans have made since they were displaced a month ago by the floods caused by Cyclone Idai. The settlement is also a temporary home to approximately 3 500 Malawians from surrounding villages who were also displaced.
Author Chris Changwe Nshimbi Director & Research Fellow, University of Pretoria
Almost half of the countries in Eastern and Southern Africa region (ESAR) have been affected by cholera outbreaks since the beginning of 2019. More than 8,258 cholera / AWD cases including 29 deaths have been reported in 10 countries in the region, with an average Case Fatality Rate of 0.4%, since the beginning of 2019. These countries include; Angola, Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Somalia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Mozambique accounts for 69.5% (5,656) of the total case load reported this year, followed by Kenya at 16.3% (1,350).
It has been one month since Tropical Cyclone Idai struck northern Mozambique on 15th March. The death toll has increased to more than a 1,000 and more than 3 million people across Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi require humanitarian assistance.
Farmers, women, and children continue to struggle to rebuild their homeland. The affected residents now only hope to have food on the table.
The following is an update presenting Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation (BTCF) relief actions in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi as of April 14.
Lilongwe – The United States Government has contributed US$3 million to for the emergency response to Cyclone Idai in Malawi. The funds, provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Food for Peace, will support immediate food needs in the worst-affected areas of the country. They will cover cash-based assistance to flood-affected people as well as early recovery efforts.
1. Situation Update
• On 15 April 2019, an inter-agency Flood Response Coordination Meeting was held at the WFP Blantyre suboffice. The meeting was convened by the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA).
• During the meeting it was noted that several organisations were working across the same areas. DoDMA reminded responding agencies to liaise closely with respective District Councils and the cluster leads to optimise operational efficiency and reduce the duplication of efforts.
Resolution adopted by consensus by the 140th IPU Assembly (Doha, 9 April 2019)
The 140th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union,
Deeply concerned about the humanitarian catastrophe in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe since Cyclone ldai hit these countries causing widespread flooding through the region, killing many people, leaving thousands missing or injured, destroying homes, affecting more than a million lives, displacing hundreds of thousands of people and causing a rising death tolI,
Ewan Watt, Online Editor, Theirworld
An in-depth look at how the deadly storm and flooding have disrupted the schooling of half a million children in southeast Africa - and the efforts to rebuild.
First comes the shock and the terror. Then the fight for survival - to find food, water and shelter, and to avoid diseases.
But in the wake of a natural disaster, children very quickly need protection and education. Being in a safe learning environment with other youngsters is crucial if they are to begin to recover from the trauma.
The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 67 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:
Humanitarian crises in South Sudan
Humanitarian crises in North East Nigeria
Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Cholera outbreak in Kenya
Measles outbreak in Madagascar.
“This natural disaster once more shows the importance of building climate-resilient economies in the African continent.” –African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina
The water is receding in Beira – Mozambique’s fourth largest city – weeks after the deadly cyclone hit in March 2019, leaving behind scenes of desolation and grief-stricken survivors.
DoDMA provides relief items to the affected
Commissioner pays a visit, calls on people to move upland
Floods that came about as a result of heavy rains that fell from 10th April to the wee hours of Saturday (13th April 2019) have affected over 878 people.
The displaced, mostly from Nthondo, Kasita and Masula Villages in Sub T/A Kalimanjira, have sought refuge at Kalimanjira Trading Centre and Mkazimasika School Camps.