Malawi Floods – 17 Districts Affected

As quoted in local media, Malawi’s Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) says that around 40,000 people have been displaced by the floods which first began in December 2014.

So far 17 of the 28 districts in Malawi have been affected by the flooding, including Karonga, Lilongwe, Blantyre, and Machinga.

However, high flood water has meant that officials have been unable to properly assess the flood situation in the districts of Mangochi, Zomba, Chikwawa and Nsanje. It is feared that the situation in these distracts is more severe and the total number displaced could therefore be much higher.

World Vision Malawi, Unicef, Malawi Red Cross Society, and the Malawi Defence Force are working with DoDMA to provide relief and assistance to those affected.

Six people are thought to have been killed in the floods. DoDMA say that houses and crops have all been damaged in the floods.

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File photo: Farmers suffer during the floods and rainy season in Malawi.
Photo credit: ILRI/Mann

Rainfall

The heavy rain has been falling in Malawi since December and forecasts suggests it will continue. Almost 60 mm of rain fell in Karonga in 24 hours yesterday 11 January 2014, according to WMO.

As we reported earlier NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center say the increased rainfall is a result of a change of the southern Africa Monsoon, and that some areas of south east Africa have seen rainfall amounts 150% higher than normal.

Other parts of the region have also been affected. Recent floods have killed at least 10 people in Zimbabwe. As many as 9 have died in severe weather in Mozambique.