Malawi: Floods/Landslides - Mar 1991
LILONGWE, 17 November 2008 (IRIN) - The state of preparedness for a natural disaster in Malawi's flood-prone areas as well as other locales is coming under intense scrutiny ahead of the expected annual rise in the rivers during the rainy season.
The seven areas usually affected by flooding are the districts of Chikwawa and Nsanje, along the lower Shire River, the southern district of Mangochi, the central districts of Salima and Dedza and the northern districts of Karonga and Mzimba.
But the dangers of flash flooding in areas not thought of as high-risk cannot be discounted.
MALAWI - FLOODS
UNDRO INFORMATION REPORT NO. 1
15 MARCH 1991
1. UNDRO/UNDP RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE IN MALAWI REPORTED THAT ON 11 MARCH 1991 FLASH FLOODS STRUCK SOUTHERN MALAWI NEAR PHALOMBE AND CAUSED SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE TO HOUSES, CROPS, BRIDGES AND TELEPHONE LINES. ACCESS AND COMMUNICATION TO AFFECTED AREA DIFFICULT.
2. BY 14 MARCH, DEATH TOLL ESTIMATED AT NEARLY 500. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE DISPLACED BY DESTRUCTION OF HOUSES AND BEING SHELTERED IN SCHOOLS AND AGRICULTURAL TRAINING CENTRE.