…Government condoles bereaved families
A 53-year-old woman and two girls aged two and six have died when walls of houses they were sleeping in collapsed following heavy rains in Mangochi and Balaka districts.
Patuma Welemu and her six-year-old granddaughter Rose Ayami died during the early hours of Sunday, 13th January, 2019 in Nsinje Village, T/A Mponda, Mangochi, while two year-old Emmanuela Bwekere mate her fate on Saturday, 12th January, in Msamati Village, T/A Amidu, Balaka District.
…Two people go missing, feared dead
…Minister pays a visit, says there is need to find lasting solution to flooding
A preliminary report indicates that a total of 179 households (approximately 984 people) have been affected by flash floods that occurred on Thursday, 10th January, 2019, in areas around Biwi, Mchesi, Kawale, Kaliyeka, 22, 24, and 36 in Lilongwe City.
Following the floods, two people have gone missing and are feared to be dead.
The displaced seek refuge at two camps
DoDMA dispatches relief items.
A preliminary report by the Balaka District Council indicates that flash floods that occurred in the early morning of Tuesday, 18th December, 2018, in T/A Kalembo, have displaced 26 families, of which 21 are female-headed.
The families, which require immediate food assistance, have since sought refuge at St. Andrews Primary School and Ufulu Fruit Juice Factory.
• The Northern Region received normal to above while the Centre and South receive below normal rainfall.
• The Centre and South experienced prolonged dry spells averaging 2-4 weeks while the North experienced minimal dry spells in isolated places.
• Fall army worms infestations were reported in all districts but unlike last year control measures were spontaneous this season thus minimising impact.
• Maize production has dropped from 3.5million MT to 2.7 million MT representing 28%.
The third round of crop estimates assessment for the 2017/2018 season conducted by Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development indicated a maize production of 2,697,959 metric tons, 28.4% drop from 3,464,139 metric tons of 2016/2017 growing season.