1. The UN Resident Coordinator in Lilongwe reports that the Government of Malawi has issued a communique, appealing for international assistance.
2. Weeks of incessant heavy rains caused serious flooding in southern-most part of Malawi, especially the Nsanje and Chikwawa districts. With heavy rains still continuing, damage in other low lying areas is also feared.
3. The Government's preliminary assessments indicate 80,000 families affected by the floods. Main assistance needs are for food, shelter, blankets, medical supplies, water, kitchen utensils, garden tools, agricultural inputs, and the reconstruction of bridges.
4. Floods water made many parts of roads in the region inaccessible, posing possible difficulties in transporting and distributing relief goods. The Government estimates the cost of emergency repair works to be USD 304,660.
5. DHA has dispatched today a four-person UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team to assist in further assessments of the situation/needs. The team is scheduled to arrive in Lilongwe mid-day 19 February.
6. DHA has immediately released an emergency grant of USD 30,000 to cover immediate relief needs.
7. DHA is prepared to serve as a channel for cash contributions to be used during the immediate relief phase. Funds are spent in coordination with relevant organizations of the UN system, and DHA provides donor Governments with written confirmation on utilizations of the funds contributed.
8. Funds should be transferred to DHA account no. CO.590.160.1 at Swiss Bank Corporation, Case Postale 2770, CH-1211 Geneva 2, with reference: Malawi - Floods.
9. For coordination purposes, donors are requested to inform DHA Geneva, as indicated below, of bilateral relief missions/ pledges/ contributions and their corresponding values by item.
Telephone number: +41-22-917-1234
In case of emergency only: +41-22-917-2010
Desk Officer: Ms. Kayo Gotoh, direct tel: +41-22-917-1258
Press to contact: Ms. M. Moulin-Acevedo, direct tel: +41- 22-917-2856
Telex: 41 42 42 dha ch
DPR 310 MAL 97(1)