Rapid Response Fund Payment Request No. 02/2013 - Flooding in Southern Malawi (Chikhwawa and Phalombe)

Situation Report
Originally published




Persistent heavy rains between 9th and 12th of February 2013 caused swelling and flooding of big rivers in Chikhwawa district namely Lalanje, Nyakamba and Mwanza; and in Phalombe district Sombani river and several streams displacing more than 25,885 people (22,135 in Chikhwawa and 3,750 in Phalombe) Traditional authorities (districts) affected are Ngabu, Ngowe and Masache in Chikhwawa, and Chiwalo in Phalombe.

The flooding destroyed buildings including homes. Approximately 885 houses in Chikhwawa and 394 houses in Phalombe were destroyed. The floods also affected household belongings and crops (maize, cotton, soya beans, millet, rice, pigeon peas, sweet potato and cassava) in the gardens adding to a total of 1,534 hectares of cultivated land in Chikhwawa and 350 hectares of cultivated land in Phalombe. The flooding has also affected water points and road infrastructure in both districts such that most of the roads are impassable. The affected population are now living in schools, church buildings and Kalulu football stadium in case of Chikhwawa. In both districts the affected population have no food, shelter, extra clothing, kitchen utensils and sanitary facilities. Six deaths have been recorded in Chikhwawa.

Persistent rains are still being experienced in the districts and ELDS will continue to monitor the situation. However more detailed figures on gender and age specific impact is yet to be compiled after a comprehensive assessment is done.