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

Heavy rainfall and strong winds since late December have resulted in the death of 48 people and affected an estimated 13,000 households. Recent storms and subsequent floods have damaged houses, roads, bridges, power lines, and other public infrastructure across 15 districts—including Chikwawa, Karonga, Mangochi, Nsanje, and Zomba—and restricted access for relief activities, according to the Government of Malawi (GoM) Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA). Priority needs among flood-affected populations include shelter support and improved access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation facilities to prevent disease outbreaks. As of January 13, the GoM had declared a State of National Disaster in the affected districts and DoDMA planned to facilitate damage and needs assessments. DoDMA evacuated flood-affected residents to temporary facilities and distributed tents, plastic sheeting, and other shelter materials in coordination with the Malawi Red Cross Society and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

On January 14, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., Michael C. Gonzales declared a disaster due to the effects of the floods. In response, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance provided $50,000 to UNICEF for the procurement of emergency relief commodities, including plastic sheeting, water treatment chemicals, and logistics support.

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Last updated: January 16, 2015

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