Cyclones and flash floods striking Malawi and killing hundreds of people and displacing hundred thousands

January 19, 2015

By: Paul Nthala

Government has advised people to relocate to upland for safety following reports that cyclone Sedza which is expected to hit Malawi this week will be far more destructive than Cyclone Bansi which has killed at least 176 people and displaced 200,000 others this past week.
Malawi Floods

The floods have left scores of people destitute

Hein Zeelie of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the central and northern parts of the country were the agency’s next concern “as we are expecting heavy rains for those areas for the next week”.

About half of the country has been declared a disaster zone, with the country appealing for urgent donor intervention. The country continues to struggle to cope with the devastating effects “unprecendented” floods.

“But while more aggressive efforts are being made to provide people with essential relief assistance, there is still high need for more tents, food, kitchen utensils, essential medicines, dignity kits, and water purifying chemicals, among others” reads a statement issued today by the office of Malawi’s Vice President .

Government has so far advised well wishers to “channel the donations through the Department of Disaster Management Affairs and District Commissioners. The DCs are the ones responsible for distribution of the relief items to the affected population”.

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