Malawi - Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 2

Situation Report
Originally published
Ref: OCHA/GVA-2001/0051
OCHA Situation Report No. 2
Malawi - Floods
27 February 2001

The Government of Malawi has appealed for international assistance


1. On 24 February, President of Malawi has declared 13 of the 27 country's districts as disaster areas, and called on the donor community to assist the country struggling with the flood disaster.

2. According to the media, some 200,000 persons in the southern districts have been displaced and five persons have been killed. The Government and the UN country team have been working closely with the district authorities to have a clear picture of the situation.

3. Currently, the Government and the UN country team are collaborating to quantify the requirements. There will be an urgent need of food, medicine, and shelter. The most pressing need would be water purification chemicals and equipment, as in the low-lying affected areas, there are shortages of clean water and inadequate sanitary conditions.

4. The following are the initial requirements for 62,506 households in the affected districts (Nsanje, Chikwawa, Karonga, Machinga, Blantyre, Dedza, Nkhotakota, Phalombe, Salima, Zomba, Mangochi, Mchinji and Thyolo) released by the Government on 26 February:

Iodised Salt
Plastic Pails
Plastic Plates
Plastic Sheets
Transport and Admin.

*The requirements for rehabilitation of damaged infrastructure, e.g. bridges, and replanting materials and seeds, as well as health requirements against water borne diseases are currently being quantified and will be made available shortly.

National and International Response

5. The Government has already allocated MWK 37 million (approx. USD 459,627) for relief items to cover the above listed requirements.

6. The Government of Norway has allocated USD 30,000, through OCHA, from its emergency cash grants and OCHA has released USD 30,000 from its OCHA Emergency Grants for local purchase of relief items.

7. WFP and UNDP are considering contributing their support for food and logistic requirements respectively.

8. OCHA is prepared to serve as channel for cash contributions to be used for immediate relief assistance, in co-ordination/consultation with relevant organisations in the United Nations system. Funds should be transferred to OCHA account no. CO-590.160.0, Swift code: UBSWCHZ12A at the UBS AG, P.O. Box 2770, CH-1211 Geneva 2, with reference: "OCHA - Malawi - floods 2001". OCHA provides donors with written confirmation and pertinent details concerning the utilisation of the funds contributed

9. Any future updates on contributions to this disaster may be found by clicking on Financial Tracking at the top of the page for this disaster on the OCHA Internet Website ( Donors are requested to verify this table and inform OCHA Geneva of corrections/additions/values. Donors are encouraged to notify OCHA Geneva of their contributions to this disaster using the OCHA Standardized Contributions Recording Format, available electronically in the above mentioned Financial Tracking Website.

10. This Situation Report and further information on ongoing emergencies are also available on the OCHA Internet Website at

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