FLASH UPDATE

Southern Africa Floods
According to the forecast for 18 to 24 January 2015, Malawi and Mozambique will continue to experience heavy rainfall, particularly in the north. In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Chedza, heavy rains are set to continue across most of Madagascar, including the capital Antananarivo, while torrential rains are also forecast for the southern regions of Tanzania as well as northern Zambia. These rains could worsen the flood situation in the region.

Malawi Highlight - 24 January 2015

  • Since early January 2015 the southern districts of Malawi have been experiencing above-normal rains, which have provoked massive floods along the Shire and Ruo rivers.
  • The President of the Republic of Malawi declared a State of Disaster on 13 January in 15 districts, with floods affecting an estimate of 638,000 people countrywide, and 79 deaths. In Nsanje district only, 153 people are still missing.
  • Preliminary assessments conducted by UNDAC in collaboration with local authorities, indicate that the floods have left at least 174,000 people displaced in the three most hit districts: Nsanje, Chikwawa, Phalombe.
  • On 21st January 2015, the Vice-President of Malawi announced the launch of a Preliminary Response Plan budgeted at US$ 81 million. At present, 21% has been funded.

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