Malawi - Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 8

Situation Report
Originally published
Ref: OCHA/GVA-2001/0095
OCHA Situation Report No. 8
Malawi- Floods
15 May 2001

This report is based on information received from the UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Malawi.


1. Since mid-April, no heavy rains have been recorded and floodwaters have continued to recede in the affected area. Access to the flood affected areas, such as Makhanga, Mankhokwe, Mbenje and parts of Phalombe has improved. Affected families continue to go back to their villages to start rebuilding their homes. With winter approaching and the temperature dropping, living conditions of the affected families are getting more difficult.

2. The Government is finalizing the assessment of the damage caused by floods in the Central and Northern Region so as to come up with the final figures on the number of people affected. To date, the official figure given by the Department for Disaster Preparedness, Rehabilitation and Relief (DDPRR) stands at 335,000. WFP has been targeting 208,500 people in the hardest hit districts of Chikwawa, Machinga, Mangochi, Nsanje, Phalombe, Salima and Zomba.

3. As the floods washed away crops, e.g. maize, food is now a priority. Relief items so far received and distributed by the Government have mainly been non-food items. Malnutrition especially among children and pregnant women for the coming months is of a great concern. The Food resources of DDPRR have almost exhausted. To date, USD 1.1 million has been pledged for WFP Emergency Operation Plan (EMOP) which requests USD 3.3 million. The Government stressed the acute need of food aid at the meetings of the Ad-Hoc Committee for the Emergency Response and donor meetings.

National Assistance

4. The DDPRR continues its efforts in coordinating the Government response to the disaster and in raising funds to procure food commodities for the victims. The Vice President appealed for assistance for the recovery and rehabilitation phase. The Ministries of Transport and Works, Health and Population, and Agriculture and Livestock Development have been tasked to expedite and finalize assessment of damages so as to provide donors with consolidated needs. The Ministry of Agriculture is leading the appeal for farm inputs, particularly seeds, to be distributed to affected farmers for the winter planting season.

International Assistance

5. To date, the Governments of Botswana, Canada, China, Germany, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States have pledged or provided cash and/or in-kind contributions bilaterally or through NGOs or the UN system. As of 14 May, OCHA recorded USD 833,258.

6. OCHA has released USD 40,000 from its Emergency Cash Grants and the Cash Grants Reserve of the Government of Norway for procurement and distribution of relief items.

7. UNDP procured 80 metric tons of iodised salt for distribution by WFP, and 8,000 blankets and 500 rolls of plastic sheeting for distribution by UNICEF.

8. Following the food assessment mission, FAO continues to seek funds for purchase of seeds, tools and veterinary drugs for distribution to the affected farmers in the Southern Region.

9. WFP has distributed food aid to 94,050 beneficiaries, as of 7 May. Likuni Phala (supplementary feeding) and salt are being procured for distribution.

10. UNICEF has procured selected basic drugs for 20 health centres, some school materials for five schools and 5,000 blankets at a total cost of USD 90,000, for distribution in Nsanje and Salime districts.

11. The UN Country Team is working with the Government to have a consolidated update of the situation to identify unmet needs.

12. IFRC reported that it received 15% of the total requirements for its appeal for CHF 3,513,691. IFRC stressed an urgent need for rehabilitation of flooded wells, bore holes and latrines to ensure access to clean water supply.

13. 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

14. Information 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.

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