Mutharika declares Malawi disaster zone, appeal for foreign aid

Malawian President Peter Mutharika has declared a third of the country a disaster zone and urgently appealed for foreign aid  as incessant rainfall has continued to wreak havoc across the country.

Troubled waters
Troubled waters.-Photo by Thoko Chikondi
Floods cause havoc in Malawi
Floods cause havoc in Malawi

At least 48 people have been killed and around 23,000 forced from their homes by heavy flooding, the President said on Tuesday.

Malawi’s Department of Disaster Management Affairs said the number of those who had been displaced as a result of the flooding had risen to some 45,000 people – or 7,500 households – in 14 districts.

“Assessment of the impact of the floods is a problem currently because most of the affected areas are inaccessible,” said President Mutharika.

He  said the Malawi Defence Force has already been requested to “undertake rescue operations using boats.”

So far, rescue efforts have been hampered by funding shortfalls,  the President pointed out and appealed for international help.

“I appeal for humanitarian assistance, from the International donor community, the relevant United Nations agencies, the Non Governmental Organisations, the local private sector as well as all fellow citizens of goodwill, so that, together, we can contribute in alleviating suffering on the part of people affected by the floods,” said Mutharika.

“Tents and food are urgently required. Rescue operations are also a priority. Donations in cash or kind should be sent to the Secretary and Commissioner for Disaster Management Affairs, P/Bag 336, Lilongwe 3,” said the Malawi leader.

The worst affected districts which the President Mutharika has declared a disaster zone are Nsanje, Chikwawa, Phalombe, Zomba, Blantyre, Chiradzulu, Thyolo, Mulanje, Balaka, Machinga, Mangochi, Ntcheu, Salima, Rumphi and Karonga.

One government official said many victims died when villages were flooded in Mangochi district.

“People have fled into schools and churches on higher ground, others are in the open because there is not enough space,” said Grey Mkwanda, a district planning officer, was quoted by a report Raphael Tenthani filed for Associated Press news agency.

He added that some victims in Blantyre had perished when their homes collapsed.

According to the city’s police spokesman, Elizabeth Divala, search teams are still looking for two children who went missing during the floods.

Malawi’s rainy season begins in October and ends in April.

Since the rains began last year, heavy downpours have been common in most parts of the country.

Elina Kululanga, director of metrological services and climate change management, told AA last Friday that forecasts had shown that the rain would continue for two or three more days, mostly in the country’s northern and central regions.

 

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raphael ndalama
raphael ndalama
5 years ago

Save them God

luis sakala
5 years ago

Save them lord.amen

Rajj Ajussa
Rajj Ajussa
5 years ago

Oh ALLAH! In YOU alone may we put our refuge. There’s no one else who can protect us except YOU. Of course we know that we shall taste death, bt we begg you to remove this disaster away from us. Ameen.

time besa
time besa
5 years ago

As a president realise some cash from the government to help the suffering people, don’t wait for the donors. If the child is sick in the we first do our own first aid by giving panado before we think of the doctor

mac william shumba
5 years ago

Government should do something to our fellow citizens of Malawi on this flood accident

Kondwani bwande
5 years ago

May mighty Lord Jesus be with them

Arthur Thom Namata
Arthur Thom Namata
5 years ago

we jus needs prayer no one can deals with accept God himself tingogwilana manja tonse osusa ndi aboma ndkuthandidzana

here we go again
here we go again
5 years ago

A president mwaiwala Lilongwe kapena chifukwa choti ndipa central region zoti anthu akufa moti simunave. Bwanji mukungotchula ku mmwera? The whole country is affected mr presedent other areas remain unspoted because they donnt where to report such issues

Tozer Tsono
Tozer Tsono
5 years ago

When it rains it pours! When it dries up, cities and helpless Malawians languish. Corruption is the greatest disaster and the rest is the fruit. Even nature says No to poor governance

nkhata bay G Banda
nkhata bay G Banda
5 years ago

God love his people, and knows every thing. Chitani changu aboma mungaluza wanthu wanandi, tavisutsa.

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