A woman in Malawi demonstrates how she uses irrigation techniques to water her crops
A woman in Malawi demonstrates how she uses irrigation techniques to water her crops
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Key Developments

USAID is supporting post-disaster recovery and reconstruction efforts in Malawi following severe flooding in Malawi’s Southern Region in March 2019, which caused at least 60 deaths and affected an estimated 868,900 people in 15 districts in the region. Flooding also damaged and destroyed houses and public infrastructure—including bridges, electrical networks, roads, and schools—and resulted in crop and livestock losses. 

Although all known households displaced by flooding had returned to areas of origin or been resettled at alternate sites as of July, humanitarian actors continue to support household recovery efforts. Flood-affected areas of Southern Region also continue to experience food insecurity due to loss of crops. USAID is working with the Government of Malawi and relief organizations to support affected communities.

Additionally, USAID/OFDA is responding to the effects of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique and Zimbabwe, as well as Cyclone Kenneth in Mozambique and Comoros Please visit our webpage for additional information.


Malawi experiences a variety of natural disasters, including cyclones, cyclical drought, earthquakes, flooding, and severe storms. In addition, vulnerable populations experience recurring food insecurity. USAID/OFDA’s strategy in Malawi includes responding to urgent humanitarian needs while also supporting disaster risk reduction (DRR) initiatives which strengthen the resilience of communities. USAID/OFDA DRR programs include activities that promote conservation agriculture, the use of flood- and drought-tolerant seeds, and train local and national authorities in disaster response management.

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Last updated: August 14, 2019

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