Floods that drove thousands of families from their homes in Southern Malawi could strike again in the next few days – according to children’s charity Plan International.
People in districts such as Phalombe, Nsanjeand, Mangochi have been the worst hit by the downpours that started nearly a month ago.
Many are living in temporary accommodation in schools, mosques, churches and tents.
They are struggling to cope with over-crowding, lack of food, no adequate sanitary facilities, and no lighting at night.
“More than 10000 families have been affected – and more than 1420 houses have collapsed and more are collapsing as the walls are very wet,” says Lloyd Ngwira, Disaster Risk Management Coordinator at Plan International in Malawi.
“The weather forecasts suggest that the possibility of further flooding is increasingly high in the coming week.”
Plan Malawi has received financial assistance from Plan International’s Disaster fund which will be used to buy additional school supplies, rolls of plastic sheets, blankets, cooking oil, corn/soy blend, pulses, plastic utensils, and soaps for washing and bathing.
Locally, Plan Malawi has submitted a proposal to the United Nations (Mw) Humanitarian Fund seeking resources for immediate and long term responses.
“Fields have been damaged, livestock has been lost and some people have even lost their vital HIV drugs,” says Lloyd Ngwira.
“Plan’s emergency response will include child protection, nutrition and education in emergency programmes.”
Plan will also be introducing long-term measures to reduce the risks of flooding and encourage sustainable food projects.
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