Malawi govt says over 27, 000 households displaced by floods

Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) in the Office of Vice President on Monday disclosed that an estimated 27, 000 households, approximately 135, 000 people have now been displaced since the floods hit their areas in the country.

Chiunguzeni briefs the media in Lilongwe - Pic by Stanley Makuti

Chiunguzeni briefs the media in Lilongwe – Pic by Stanley Makuti

Principal Secretary responsible for Disaster, Relief and Management Paul Chiunguzeni told members of the media during an update of flood disaster response operations that the most affected districts are Nsanje, Chikwawa and Phalombe.

“Search and rescue operations are ongoing in Nsanje and Chikwawa. A total of 3649 people have been evacuated in Chikwawa,” said Chiunguzeni.

He said one additional helicopter from Republic of South Africa will arrive on Tuesday to enhance the transportation of relief items to hard-to-reach areas.

“The Department of Disaster Management Affairs and other organizations are continuing to distribute food and non food items to the affected. More dispatches are being made now as some of the areas are becoming accessible with relief items and airlifting of relief items to areas in Nsanje and Chikwawa is ongoing,” he explained.

Chiunguzeni also disclosed that a national emergency operation centre has been established at the Department of Disaster Management Affairs in order to enhance information flow and coordination.

He said following the declaration of state of disaster by President Peter Mutharika, a number of organizations are coming forward to donate assistance to the affected population.

Chiunguzeni said Zambian government has donated US$20, 000  (about K10 million), 300 tents and 50 bales of blankets and World Food Program (WFP) has donated food stocks that include maize, beans, vegetable oil and corn soya blend to Chikwawa to reach 2, 000 households.

He said WFP has also airlifted High Energy Biscuits into the country.

“The biscuits are being prioritized for immediate distribution to 77, 000 displaced people in hardest hit areas of Nsanje and Chikwawa,” he said.

He also said that WFP would deploy boats and a helicopter to ensure that deliveries are made to flood affected areas, thereby beefing up the capacity of the Malawi Defence Force.

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gaba
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Shire river has been bursting its banks even before Jesus and the floods are always there each and every year.let us be flank guys you can not build a house on the path of a river of Shire’s calibre.These Chikwawa and Nsanje dwellers are very stupid idiots.

Mbowe Mulambia
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Boma la Malawi muzinkhala ndi manyazi Zambia has been helping us several times koma ife kukanika kupita Kumaliro ife tizabweza liti zabwino amatichitila a friend indeed ndi amene akunkhala nawe pazovuta tiyeni tisinthe mukalidwe wonyasawu tisamangofuna azanthu tikavutika.

pitex kaluba
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Its had to belive

Rambos
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The world is being ruled by evil men, all they want to did is mislead, confuse and destroy humanty. They knw wher they r leadng us is to destruction and they pretend not to knw. Shame! have faith nt fear God wl judge u al.

Pacharo
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Lord have mercy

ESTA ZUMA
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CIVIC EDUCATION NECESSARY TO THE MALAWIANS TO AVOID SIMILAR HAPPENINGS.

Clement
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which education ur talking a bout? ngati ulindimalo apatseni anthu amenewa kuti asakakhalenso malo amenewo
zokuti madzi amavuta they know very,koma akakhalakuti? wosamaganiza mopusa! this is big issue sister!
kwathu kuno kupanda kuzilimbikila wekha ur nobody, wosaweluza couse muweruza molakwika

Rambos
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U r really stupid we hv weathermen in Mw and they did forecast of too mch rain. Did the government warn ppl. Myb they wantd to strt beggng. They hv no plan in place for Mw, to me they r are mo thn stupd hipocr.

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