Description of the disaster
The Southern and Central Regions of Malawi are experiencing normal to above normal rainfall while the Northern Region is receiving above normal rainfall. One of the districts in the North (Karonga) has been experiencing fairly normal to above normal rainfall amounts since mid-March 2017. Since then, rains have been increasing, which has resulted in extensive flooding and an increased number of displaced populations. MRCS has been closely monitoring the situation and by the 19th of April the situation has deteriorated.
Karonga District Council, in collaboration with the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA), Malawi Red Cross Society and District Civil Protection Committee members conducted an extensive verification assessment exercise which indicated that heavy rains have caused serious damage to houses, household property, livestock, agriculture fields and infrastructure. The flooding has led to the deaths of 4 people, 6 injuries and 3 people reported missing. The flooding has affected areas in Traditional Authorities of Wasambo, Mwirang'ombe, Kyungu, Kilipula and Mwakaboko.
A total of 8,286 households representing a total population of 55, 921 people were affected by the flooding. Some 665 houses collapsed while others were partly damaged. Most of the collapsed houses were semi-permanent structures.
The affected households comprise 4,759 farming families (2,974 male and 1,785 female farming families). The remaining 3,527 include those people whose houses have been damaged partially as well as household property damaged. The affected population also comprise of 4,467 under-five children, 385 elderly people, 261 orphans and 15 physically challenged persons.