Flash Update VI: Southern Africa Floods, 20 January 2015

from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 20 Jan 2015

Response plan being finalized

Latest figures remain 121,000 people displaced by recent floods, with 50 people killed and 153 missing.

Search and rescue operations continue, with relief supplies being dispatched to affected areas. UNICEF has, for example, received 75 drums of chlorine to be used for water treatment in camps and affected communities. Other partners are already providing assistance, such as World Vision, which has commenced food distribution programmes.

Under the leadership of the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA), clusters are in the process of finalizing their response plans, based on which resources will be mobilized to support immediate interventions in affected areas.

It should be noted that since the declaration of a State of Emergency in Malawi on 13 January, rains have continued to fall over much of the country, including the most affected southern region, where some areas received cumulative rainfall in excess of 135 mm between just 12 and 18 January. Malawi’s annual average rainfall ranges between 725 mm and 2,500 mm.

Source: DODMA, UNICEF, World Vision, OCHA

Over 100,000 people affected by Tropical Storm Chedza

To date, 14 people have died, 100,930 have been affected and 44,389 displaced by Tropical Storm Chedza. In addition, 2,322 houses have been destroyed, 200 schools damaged, 8 health centres flooded, and about 1,650 ha of cropland inundated.

While assessment information is still being compiled for eastern Madagascar, to date the situation does not warrant an international appeal. The national capacities of Government and partners and current levels of prepositioned stocks can adequately address urgent needs. In addition to the current response, the Food Security and Nutrition Clusters are to assess the medium to longer term impact of Chedza.


More than 90,000 people affected by floods in Central and Northern Mozambique

Since the declaration of an institutional red alert for floods on 12 January for the Central and Northern regions, a total of 90,463 people (20,494 households) have been affected. An estimated 10,186 houses and 383 classrooms have been totally destroyed. The current death toll due to flooding, lightning and collapsed houses in the Central and Northern regions stands at 84, and currently there are 28,512 people (6,077 households) being hosted in 34 accommodation centers.

Between 13 and 16 January alone, about 2,500 people were rescued by the Civil Protection Unit (UNAPROC) and community members. Assistance to affected households is being carried out by Government in partnership with the private sector and the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT). Operation and Rescue activities are still ongoing, mainly by air.

Sources: CTGC, UNRCO, HCT.

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