The Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) is in the process of conducting the Annual Food Security Assessment alongside a Market Assessment. Results from both are likely to be available in July and will inform interventions to support those affected by a combination of factors including delayed onset of planting rains, floods between January and early February 2015, early cessation of the main rains leading to widespread prolonged dry spells in March and April 2015.
Internally Displaced People are still in the process of returning to their communities. A number of organizations are providing return and start up kits to returning IDPs. District authorities are working with communities and local leaders to identify alternative land for resettlement for the flood affected populations who are unable to return to their places of origin.
Real Time Monitoring information indicates that Ndione school in Nsanje still remains submerged and closed. Learners are attending Mchere primary school. Also some schools are in need of tents for temporary learning.
UNICEF through World Vision distributed 80 pupil kits to a total of 80 schools in 5 districts benefiting 80,000 learners in affected schools. Current school data indicates that 193,923 learners have been reached with psychosocial support, teaching and learning materials and emergency support teachers.
UNICEF Malawi appealed for US$ 9,291,292 to support the response to the January floods for an initial three months. Through discussions with donors in-country, a total of US$ 5,128,238 has been reallocated from existing resources while US$ 2,001,219 has been received against the appeal leaving a funding gap of US$ 2,594,067 for the response.