Malawi Floods Situation Report No.3

Situation Report
Originally published
Ref: DHAGVA - 97/0072


1. In response to the Malawian Government's appeal for international assistance, DHA's UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team arrived in Lilongwe on 19 February to assist in assessing floods damage and assistance needs in southern Malawi.

2. UNDAC team left on 20 February for Blantyre, together with representatives from the Government, the local UN agencies, and EU/ECHO, to carry out two-day assessments in the affected Lower Shire Valley areas, and also to participate in a meeting with the Government and NGOs on logistics arrangements. The team is expected to return to Lilongwe on 22 February. Results of their assessments are to be communicated in the next situation report, scheduled for 24 February.


3. The Government, based on its preliminary survey on 13 February, issued a brief report, estimating the affected population at 30,000 families in Chikwawa (population 510, 000) and 50,000 families (population 442,000), including some 20,000 displaced Mozambican families. Roads to Nsanje and East Bank in Chikwawa have been made impassable.

4. The Government indicates needs for maize flour (1, 480 tons over a one-month period, estimated at USD 428,500) and beans (1,000 tons, estimated at USD 263,000). Non-food requirements indicated by the Government include 80,000 blankets (80,000 pieces, estimated at USD 789,500), transportation support (fuel and vehicles, estimated at USD 35,300), and temporary personnel support (USD 8,400).


5. The Cabinet Committee on Disaster Management met on 14 February, followed by a meeting on 15 February of the National Disaster Preparedness, Relief, and Rehabilitation Committee of Malawi, to coordinate relief actions being/to be taken by various Government bodies and the donor community.

6. The Ministry of Relief and Rehabilitation Affairs (MRRA) has provided 45.5 tons of rice (adequate to feed 1, 820 families for one week), 4.5 tons of beans (360 families), 1.2 tons of salt (1,200 families), and 1,360 blankets. The MRRA is to airlift to inaccessible areas further food supplies (maize flour, beans, and blankets), worth USD 693,000.

7. The Malawi Red Cross Society has provided blankets, plastic sheets, and 2 fifty-person tents, while the Christian Council of Malawi also provided 4 twenty-person tents.


8. The following contributions have been reported to DHA so far:

DHA - SD 30,000 emergency grant

Govt of Japan - 3,000 blankets and 10 twelve-person tents, to be airlifted from the DHA Pisa Warehouse, as well as 3 emergency health kits and 1,000 water purification tabs five-litre packs (valued at USD 163,544, including transportation costs)

Govt of the USA - (USAID/OFDA) USD 25,000 (transportation of relief goods and provision of shelter)

Govt of Denmark - provision of one UNDAC team member

Govt of Austria -provision of one UNDAC team member

Govt of Norway- provision of one UNDAC team member

Action by Churches Together - USD 7,000 (for repairing a health center and a primary school in Thyolo District, southern Malawi)

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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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