LILONGWE Malawi (Xinhua) --
At least four men and two women have died, while
over 1,000 people have been left homeless following floods that
hit parts of Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital, on Saturday evening.
assessment indicates that 202 households have been affected but
the the number could rise as the assessment is still being
carried out, according to Public Relations Officer for the
country’s Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA),
Chipiliro Khamula, on Monday.
The flooding which
resulted from a heavy and stormy downpour affected areas close
to river banks the most.
The country’s Vice
President Saulos Chilima, who also serves as Minister
responsible for Disaster Management Affairs in the country,
visited the affected areas on Sunday morning to assess the
situation and delivered a message of condolence from the
country’s President Peter Mutharika to the bereaved families.
Chilima said that
the government would provide coffins, food and other logistical
arrangements, and expressed wish that the death toll would not
He said: “We pray
that the number does not increase since a few more people are
still missing and search operation to find them is underway.”
“We have adequate
supplies (of relief items) in our warehouse at the Department of
Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA),” he added.
Red Cross Society, Lilongwe City Council and DoDMA officials are
assessing the situation on the ground to come up with a
comprehensive report of the impact of the floods.
Central and northern Mozambique
under orange alert for rain
MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) --
The government of Mozambique through its
Disaster Management Technical Council issued on Thursday in
Maputo the institutional orange alert for the central and
northern regions of the country currently battered by heavy
The alert activates
committees to intensify prevention and response measures in the
areas that are already being affected by the rain namely the
northern provinces of Nampula, Niassa, Cabo Delgado and the
central provinces of Zambezia, Tete, Manica and Sofala.
“From October to
date we have registered 8 victims hit by meteorological
disaster,” said Paulo Tomas, spokesperson of National Institute
of Disaster Management (INGC) speaking to the press.
With the orange
alert active local officials and committees for disaster
management are called to be fully on alert, and take proactive
measures such as mobilizing communities living in areas already
identified as vulnerable to the disasters.
“In Sofala province
for instance, there is a boat from INGC already helping people
providing transport services and goods from one side to the
other,” said Tomas.
According to the
spokesperson, INGC statistics indicate that over 21,000 people
were affected by the rain since the rainy season started in
October this year, 239 homes were totally destroyed while more
than 3,500 were partially destroyed, and nearly 380 houses are
were registered in Nampula province to classrooms, churches and
shops, and more destruction is expected as rain will continue
On December 19,
government authorities approved 16.9 million U.S. dollars for
the contingency plan, the amount will be spent on monitoring
activities and issuing warnings for disasters, and also on
providing humanitarian assistance to more than one million