Malawi

ACT Alliance Preliminary Appeal: Flooding and heavy storms in Malawi –MWI151

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Preliminary Appeal Target: US$ 563,425

Balance Requested: US$ 563,425

Geneva, 9 April 2015 Dear Colleagues,

Heavy stormy rains devastated Malawi in January 2015, causing a lot of flooding in 17 districts of the country. A total of 262’502 people have been affected, with 35 people dead and 168 still missing 1. The ACT Malawi Forum responded through the ACT Rapid Response Fund (RRF 02/2015), through provision of food distributions amongst the affected populations.

It was further observed on a comprehensive assessment conducted by the Forum that crops, food items, household assets, livestock, road networks, houses, boreholes and toilets have been heavily damaged in the districts of Chikwawa, Nsanje and Phalombe, the hardest hit areas. While the ACT Rapid Response Fund assisted many people on immediate needs, there is still a great need of assistance so that the affected people stand on their own.

As the magnitude of the emergency is greater than originally thought, the ACT forum will therefore follow-up the rapid response activities with a recovery project, focused on restoring agriculture and food security activities, nutrition as well as water and sanitation. It is hoped that this program will enable the displaced to return to their areas of origin (Chikwawa, Nsanje and Phalombe). The following ACT members will implement this recovery Appeal with similar activities in the three districts targeted: the Churches Action and Relief in Development (CARD), the Evangelical Lutheran Development Services (ELDS) and the Blantyre Synod Health and the Development Commission (BSHDC).
The RRF fund will be considered as part of the Appeal, according to ACT policies.

The ACT Secretariat is requesting urgent indications of pledges/funding latest by 23 April 2015 (2 weeks after issuing) to help the ACT members responding in Malawi to make decisions and proceed with this response.