ACT Alliance Rapid Response Fund Payment Request No. 05/2017: Floods Emergency in Malawi




Malawi is experiencing La Nina weather phenomena since onset of the rainy season and many districts have received above normal rainfall triggering flash floods in some of the districts. Between the 4th and 10th February 2017, heavy rains caused the worst flooding in 4 Traditional Authorities (Ndindi, Pemba, Kambwiri and Maganga) in Salima district. A total of 35,304 people have been affected; of which thousands are displaced and currently dwelling in school blocks. A total 1,827 hectares of agricultural land (crops: maize, rice, cowpeas, cassava and sweet potato) has been washed away together with livestock such as goats and chickens. Household belongings such as food stocks, clothing and kitchen utensils have also been washed away.

To date, no human casualties have been reported however there have been significant reports of injuries caused by the flooding. The displaced population have no food, shelter, sanitary materials, clothing, blankets and kitchen utensils. School children are also affected as their school materials and food rations were damaged. Water supply, sanitary and hygiene facilities have been damaged, forcing women to travel long distances to fetch unsafe water, not only creating protection issues for women and girls, but also increasing the risk of water borne disease.


ACT Alliance Malawi Forum through NCA has only provided 50 tents as a contribution to temporary shelter needs. Results of the Rapid Needs Assessment done by the Malawi Forum indicated need for an immediate response to save lives and reduce further suffering of the displaced population through the provision of food, shelter & household items and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene). The Government of Malawi, through Department of Disaster Management Affairs, Malawi Red Cross and Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI) have provided some food, tents, buckets, blankets, sanitary materials and solar lamps. Although the above mentioned items have been provided, gaps in service provision still remain.