Malawi Earthquake Response Situation Report #1

Situation Report
Originally published


In Brief

- 4 people lost their lives and 186 others were injured in the December earthquakes

- An estimated 31,220 people (5,126 households) in Karonga District are affected by the disaster

- 2,786 children under 5 are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance

- 17 school blocks and 48 teachers houses were heavily damaged during the earthquakes

- World Vision has provided 500 mosquito bed nets and 186 water guard units, amongst other urgent relief items, in the first few days following the 20 December earthquake

- In addition to HEA and operations staff being dispatched to the affected area, 14 World Vision field staff already based in Karonga District have been mobilised in response activities

- The organisation is working in collaboration with the Government and other key UN and NGO partners in responding to the disaster

- World Vision is coordinating one of five Government humanitarian emergency

World Vision responds to earthquakes in Karonga District, northern Malawi

World Vision Malawi has dispatched an assessment team to the country's earthquake on 20 December, measuring 6.2 on the Richter Scale, killing three people and leaving around 200 others injured. The Malawi Government has since declared Karonga as a National Disaster Area, and experts say the threat of more earthquakes remains high.

The disaster follows similar tremors earlier in the month, which caused significant damage to infrastructure and took the life of one child. Approximately 5,000 households remain in urgent need of humanitarian aid.

Karonga District has experienced a record number of 31 earthquakes during December, measuring between 4.3 to 6.2 on the Richter scale. Recent earthquakes are thought to be a result of the District possibly being in an active and rejuvenated system, or new faults forming.