Malawi Floods Situation Report No.1

Situation Report
Originally published
Ref: DHAGVA - 97/0064
Alert for International Assistance

1. The UN Resident Coordinator in Lilongwe reports that recent heavy rains have caused severe flooding in southern Malawi. The regions most seriously hit are Chikwawa and Nsanje, while Mangochi and Ntcheu have been affected to a lesser extent.

2. President of Malawi has declared the flood-hit Lower Shire Valley a disaster area, and the Government has formed 4 committees to respond to the disaster. An official appeal for international assistance is expected to be issued shortly.

3. On 16 February, the Government, led by the President, conducted an assessment survey in the affected region, in which the local UNHCR representative participated. The Malawi Red Cross is also undertaking a quick assessment. The recent media reports indicate that some 80,000 Malawian and 20,000 Mozambican families are affected by the floods and in need of food, shelter, clothing, medicines, and farm inputs.

4. The UN Disaster Management Team in Malawi (including the UN family and the EU) has been mobilized to ensure a rapid and appropriate response to the expected governmental appeal.

5. DHA is arranging an immediate dispatch of a UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team to assist in on-going assessment efforts.

6. 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.

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