News Alerts

12 Mar 2019 | 02:09 AM UTC

Malawi: Flooding in southern Malawi kills 30 /update 1

Malawi News Alert

Death toll from ongoing flooding in southern Malawi rises to 30 with hundreds more injured and over 100,000 people displaced; further rain and flooding possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/8/2019, 12:00 AM until 3/12/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Blantyre). COUNTRY/REGION Southern Region

Read all related news alert(s):

Event

Continued flooding in southern Malawi has resulted in the deaths of at least 30 people and left hundreds more injured and displaced approximately 115,000 as of Monday, March 11. Heavy rains in recent days have affected the Southern Region, particularly Nsanje and Phalombe districts. Severe flooding has also been reported in Chikwawa, Blantyre, Neno, and Mwanza districts along with associated electricity, water, and transportation disruptions. The continued effects of flooding, including telecommunication and transportation disruptions, are expected to persist in the coming days and further rain and flooding is possible toward the end of the week as Tropical Cyclone Idai returns to the region.

Context

A tropical disturbance, which later formed to become Tropical Cyclone Idai, brought heavy rain and consequent flooding to Malawi's Southern Region in the past week. President Peter Mutharika declared a state of disaster.

Advice

Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate flooding and associated transportation disruptions, including road closures, and remember that walking or driving through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of moving water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater and chemical products; all items having come into contact with floodwater should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded.

 

Copyright and Disclaimer
GardaWorld is the owner or licensee of all intellectual property rights in the material presented on this website. All such rights are reserved. The use of this website and its material is subject to the Terms of Use and accordingly you must not use any content from this website for commercial or other analogous purposes without our consent, including but not limited to any deep-linking or framing in order to copy, distribute, display or monitor any portion of the website. If you have any questions or are interested in distributing any content from this website, Contact us for more details.

Related news