Malawi

Rapid Response Payment Request No. 01/2013 for Malawi flooding and windstorms

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Heavy rains from the night of 10th January to 12th, January, 2013 led to the swelling and consequently flooding of the two big rivers, namely Muloza and Limbuli, severely affecting 10 villages, of the two Group Village Headmen of Namasalima and Ndala in Traditional Authority Njema in Mulanje district. The affected villages include; Ndunde, Komenti, Rupa, Makokola, Namasalima, Ndala, Namwera, Mtamablika, Matola and Maliyera. However, 43 villages were affected in total.

The floods have greatly affected crops (maize, cassava, pineapples and sugar canes), road networks and houses, that have been heavily damaged. In total the floods have affected 456 hectares of cultivable land and damaged 212 houses. Victims have been evacuated to Thundu Primary School. Others victims (from Mtambalika and Matola villages) are seeking shelter in tents and shops at Limbuli trading Centre. An official report with actual figures and realistic magnitude of damage is yet to be compiled after the comprehensive assessment is done. However preliminary assessment report puts the figure of the affected households at 2,665 households (with 988 Female Headed Households). No cases of injury or death have yet been reported.