Lilongwe: Islamic Relief emergency teams are helping people affected by heavy rains and flooding in southern Malawi that had left 45 dead, and displaced several thousands.
“Islamic Relief is already working in the region, where we are responding to previous localised floods as well as supporting orphaned children. We are now looking to upscale our response in the coming days,” the agency said.
The government has declared a state of emergency as over 468,000 people in 13 districts are affected by the deluge, which began earlier this month.
Crops have been destroyed, many just weeks from harvest, and people have been forced to seek shelter in schools, churches and camps after their houses collapsed. Many farmers have lost their livestock which would have helped them earn an income to help them through this crisis.
“Food, water and sanitary facilities are critically needed, as is temporary shelter and assistance to rebuild and repair damaged homes,” the agency added.
At least 115 people were killed in Mozambique, Malawi and South Africa after heavy rains affected 843,000 people across southeast Africa, officials and the UN said, prompting calls for emergency aid.