Heavy rainfall has caused severe flooding across southern Africa, affecting at least 135,000 people in Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar, and Zimbabwe. Concern Worldwide is working together with Oxfam, Save the Children and CARE to deliver assistance to families impacted by the floods.
The flooding is so widespread in Malawi that the country’s president declared half of the country to be in a state of disaster. At least 106,000 people have been displaced from their homes. More rain is expected in the coming days. Concern Worldwide has a team on the ground in southern Nsanje, the hardest hit district, and is working closely with local authorities and other humanitarian organizations to coordinate a response.
Stewart Gee, Concern’s acting assistant country director for programs in Malawi, said that many people are stranded and stuck on the top of trees and rooftops.
People evacuated with nothing, just the clothes on their backs...The biggest issue is food. There are many people who haven’t eaten in a few days and are also severely dehydrated.
Concern is supporting local authorities with the registration of displaced families in the camps and evacuation centers, which are mostly schools, and the transportation of blankets, buckets, cups, and other household items.
At least 12,500 people have been impacted by flooding in Mozambique, though new information from affected areas show that the true figure is likely much higher. In Zambezia province, where Concern works, more than 22,000 people are living in 14 accommodation centers.
In Zambezia alone, some 2,500 homes are estimated to be completed destroyed by floodwaters. Our initial assessments show that there could be 15,000 families in need of assistance in Zambezia alone.
We are working together with Oxfam, Save the Children, and CARE to deliver assistance to families impacted by the floods. Our team started on Tuesday, January 13 with an assessment in Mocuba in Zambezia, where we registered 1,466 families who are in need of assistance.
Elias Antoniou, Concern’s assistant country director for programs in Mozambique, said:
There are many people who spent three days stranded on the tops of trees with no food or water.
Our team is now preparing to distribute relief items to 4,000 families across four districts in the coming days and is coordinating with local authorities and our partners on a wider response.
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