From 05-08 March 2019, heavy rains caused by tropical cyclone Idai led to severe flooding in the southern region of Malawi in one of the worst tropical storms in the region on record.
An estimated 868,895 people, including 443,136 children, have been affected by the flooding, with over 85,000 people displaced. Many of the displaced are sheltered in schools, and lessons for children have been severely disrupted. UNICEF is deploying 48 tents to shelter the displaced population.
With UNICEF support over 4,500 flood-affected people have been given access to sanitation facilities after portable toilets were installed at Bangula and Namicheni displacement camps.
Due to the devastation, UNICEF requires US$8.26 million to meet urgent humanitarian needs.
SITUATION IN NUMBERS
443,136 Children under the age of 18 affected out of
868,895 People affected by cyclone Idai
Over 85,000 People displaced
Over 219,195 children Targeted by UNICEF
UNICEF Appeal for 2019 Flood Response US$8,265,000
From 05-08 March 2019, heavy rains caused by tropical cyclone Idai led to severe flooding in the southern region of Malawi. On 8 March the Government of Malawi declared a State of Disaster due to the severe flooding in across 15 districts in southern Malawi. At least 868, 895 people are reported to have been affected in 15 districts and some 86,976 people have been displaced. At least 56 people have reportedly died in the floods and another 672 have been injured1 . Displaced people have taken refuge in 173 camps, mostly located in schools. The worst-affected districts include Nsanje, where 81,000 have been affected with 17,402 of them displaced. Phalombe has recorded 102,816 affected people with 5,526 displaced, while Chikwawa has seen 61,209 people affected and 35,888 people displaced.