Malawi Floods – Homes, Schools and Livelihoods Destroyed in Mulanje

One of our contacts in Malawi, journalist Agnes Mizere, was able to visit Mulanje district soon after the recent floods and severe weather that caused so much devastation across the country.

She told us of the damage done by the floods, which have destroyed houses, agricultural buildings and schools in the area.

Parts of the district are situated along the Tuchila river, which burst its banks after the recent heavy rainfall.

At least 11 people have died in the floods in Mulanje district, although some fear the death toll could rise further once more thorough assessments have been carried out. The latest figures from UN observers say that at least 150 families have been left homeless after the recent floods.

The photos and captions below are all courtesy of Agnes Mizere and are used here with permission.

 

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Laston Dinala and wife in Nkando, Mulanje lost all when Tuchila river flooded. – Photo by Agnes Mizere

 

Samson Kakowa in Mulanje injured when trying to fix his destroyed maize mill (chigayo) Pic: Agnes Mizere
Samson Kakowa in Mulanje injured when trying to fix his destroyed maize mill (chigayo) Pic: Agnes Mizere

 

Samson Kakowa's only source of income a maize mill (chigayo) destroyed he told me. Pic by Agnes Mizere
Samson Kakowa’s only source of income a maize mill (chigayo) destroyed he told me. Pic by Agnes Mizere

 

This boy whose Chigoli FP School in Mulanje was hit by the floods stands near his former home.  Photo: Agnes Mizere
This boy whose Chigoli FP School in Mulanje was hit by the floods stands near his former home. Photo: Agnes Mizere

 

The "Napolo" aftermath as villagers in Mulanje call it when Tuchila river flooded after heavy rains. Photo: Agnes Mizere
The “Napolo” aftermath as villagers in Mulanje call it when Tuchila river flooded after heavy rains. Photo: Agnes Mizere

 

Part of Chingoli Full Primary School in Mulanje which was affected by floods following heavy rains. Photo: Agnes Mizere
Part of Chingoli Full Primary School in Mulanje which was affected by floods following heavy rains. Photo: Agnes Mizere

Mulanje is a district in the Southern Region of Malawi, close to the border with Mozambique, which has also suffered from severe floods recently.

The district is home to around 400,000 people, much of Malawi’s tea growing industry, and Mount Mulanje, one of the highest peaks in Southern Africa.

It is just one of the many districts of Malawi to have suffered during the flooding. The story of suffering and loss here is repeated many times across affected parts of the country, where a total of 48 people have lost their lives and over 100,000 have lost their homes.

With thanks to Agnes Mizere and the people of Mulanje for contributing to this report. Follow Agnes on Twitter here.

2 thoughts on “Malawi Floods – Homes, Schools and Livelihoods Destroyed in Mulanje

    1. Richard Davies - FloodList

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      As we understand it, damage to crops caused by the flooding (some reports say 3,330 hectares of crops in Mulanje) may result in a poor harvests and so affect food supplies in the future.

      But there is a more immediate worry that food supplies are getting low in relief camps set up to house those displaced by the floods. We understand this includes camps in Nsanje and Chikwawa, but aren’t certain at this time if this also includes any camps in Mulanje. Of the general situation, the WFP/UN said they are working on getting food to the relief camps. They said:

      “Ready-to-eat food will be prioritized for the most vulnerable people, particularly children, who have been displaced from their homes and have no access to food or cooking facilities,”

      You should also read the report by Victor Kaliwo regarding the situation in Mulanje, which is the most up to date we could find. Click here for the report

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