Malawi: Floods Office of the Resident Coordinator Situation Report No. 01 (as of 15 Jan 2015)

Situation Report
Originally published



  • An estimated 106,000 people have been displaced and 48 people killed by recent flooding.

  • A State of Disaster has been declared in the 15 affected districts.

  • The Government has appealed for international assistance.

  • 1,000 people have been rescued to date, but 19 remain missing.

106,000 People displaced

48 People killed

19 People missing

15 Districts affected

Situation Overview

Heavy rains over the last few weeks have led to severe flooding across Malawi. To date, an estimated 106,000 people have been displaced, 48 killed, and 19 remain missing. The floods have also caused extensive damage to crops, livestock and infrastructure. The southern districts of Nsanje, Chikwawa, Phalombe and Zomba are the most affected. A growing concern is disease prevention, given the poor sanitary and drainage conditions at relocation sites.

In response, the President of the Republic of Malawi declared a State of Disaster in the 15 affected districts (out of a total of 28 districts) on 13 January 2015. With the numbers of people affected and displaced continuing to rise, the President has appealed to the international community for support, specifically in the provision of tents, food and non-food items; and in the conducting of search and rescue operations. Some areas are inaccessible, impeding the conducting of assessments.
While a decrease in rainfall is forecasted for southern Malawi over the next week, more rains are predicted for the north of the country. Malawi has been receiving significant rains since December 2014, and this trend is expected to continue as the country is forecasted to receive normal to above-normal rainfall between January and March 2015.