Malawi Floods Situation Report No.5

United Nations
Department of Humanitarian Affairs
Malawi - Floods
DHA Situation Report No. 5
10 April 1997


1. As a complement to governmental registration of people affected by the floods, a verification exercise has been carried out in the districts of Nsanje and Chikwawa by selected NGOs and representatives from the District Commissioners' Offices. Save the Children UK led the exercise in Nsanje and Concern Universal in Chikwawa. Other NGOs involved were the Malawi Red Cross, Oxfam and World Vision International.

2. The number of families affected and in need of assistance has been determined to be: 12,011 in the district of Chikwawa and 22,617 in the district of Nsanje. In addition 7,560 Mozambican families, who crossed the border after floods had occurred in Mozambique, have been identified. WFP has begun a an exercise to target families (senior female in each household) for distribution of food ration cards.

3. Immediate food distribution during a first two-week phase has been carried out: 700.65 MT of maize and 84.07 MT of beans to 28,026 families, including 7,506 Mozambican families. Second phase (two-month distribution to Malawian families and one-month take home rations to Mozambican families) is about to begin for families identified by the inter-agency verification exercise.

4. Seeds: requirement has been met by the UK and Action Aid. Health: drug requirements have also been met; no major health incidents reported so far. Water and sanitation: most of the urgent needs addressed; remaining damage to be dealt with in the rehabilitation phase. Road network: European Union is having 87 km repaired along the East Bank of the Shire River.

5. A FAO/WFP Crop Assessment Mission scheduled to begin in third week of April. This mission will review, amongst others, situation in flood-affected areas and small area in northern Malawi affected by drought.


6. There is a shortfall of approx. US 105,000 to purchase and transport 585 MT maize.

7. Non-food items, in particular, household utensils and pails and hoes are needed for affected families. Items can be bought locally, if funds are contributed.

8. WFP/Lilongwe is preparing a plan to build/rehabilitate 60 km of village access roads in districts of Chikwawa and Nsanje. Fund-raising is ongoing.

9. CONTRIBUTIONS (reported since DHA situation report no.4 of 25 February 1997)

Governments USD
France Cash for transport, medicines and food maize flour 72,463
Norway Emergency grant from Norwegian Reserve Fund 20,000 with DHA

10. DHA is prepared to serve as a channel for cash contributions, to be used during the immediate relief phase, in coordination/consultation with relevant organizations of the UN system. DHA provides donor organizations with written confirmation and pertinent details concerning the utilization of the funds contributed.

11. Donors wishing to channel their contributions through DHA should transfer funds to DHA account no. CO. 590.160.1 at Swiss Bank Corporation, Case Postale 2770, CH- 1211 Geneva 2, with reference: Malawi - floods.

12. For coordination purposes, donors are requested to inform DHA Geneva, as indicated below, of relief missions/ pledges/contributions and their corresponding values by item.

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