Malawi Floods Kill 23, Hundreds Homeless


Lilongwe: At least 23 people were killed, 12 are still missing and several others were left injured following heavy rains and floods that hit Malawi’s southern region last week.

President Arthur Peter Mutharika on Friday declared a State of Disaster in areas hit by the heavy rains and floods.

“According to initial reports, at least 115,000 people have been affected.

“These numbers are expected to rise in the days ahead as assessment teams reach additional areas and further information becomes available,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.

Heavy rains and floods have affected most parts of the Southern Region in Malawi, following the formation of a tropical disturbance over the Mozambique Channel earlier last week.

Electricity and water supplies have been impacted by the rains and floods.

The Electricity Generation Company (EGENCO) has said that around 270 megawatts of Malawi’s 320 megawatts of available hydropower capacity was offline, according to media reports.