Malawi to take one year to recover from worst flood in 40 years

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Malawi High Commissioner to Zambia David Bandawe has said his country will take over one year to recover from the damage caused by floods that recently affected most parts of that country.

Mr. Bandawe said the recent water surge caused devastating effects on the people many of whom now lack basic social needs such as food, blankets and tents among others.

He however said the floods were slowly normalising in most parts of the country except on few places along the Shire River which borders with Mozambique.

Mr. Bandawe said this in Lusaka today when he received a donation of 240 blankets worth K9, 600 from the Rotary Club of Lusaka.

He has since thanked the Rotary Club of Lusaka for joining many organisations in helping the affected people in Malawi.

Meanwhile, Rotary Club of Lusaka president Justine Mazhandu said his organisation was deeply saddened by the prevailing situation in Malawi hence its decision to offer humanitarian aid for the flood victims.

Mr. Mazhandu said the Rotary Club of Lusaka will closely monitor the situation in that country through its official project partnership of ensuring that the victims have access to social basic needs.

Over 600,000 people have been affected by floods with 200,000 of them losing their homes and belongings.

About 200 people died as a result of floods in Malawi which are believed to be the worst in 40 years.

Malawi floods
Malawi floods
A general view of water flooding the streets of a township is seen on January 12, 2015 on the outskirts of Malawian capitol, Blantyre.Malawian President Peter Mutharika said Wednesday floods which have hit half of the country's 28 districts had killed 48 people, and appealed for international assistance. Nearly 70,000 people are now without homes, the country's president announced as he appealed for international assistance.
A general view of water flooding the streets of a township is seen on January 12, 2015 on the outskirts of Malawian capitol, Blantyre.Malawian President Peter Mutharika said Wednesday floods which have hit half of the country’s 28 districts had killed 48 people, and appealed for international assistance. Nearly 70,000 people are now without homes, the country’s president announced as he appealed for international assistance.
Malawi floods
Malawi floods
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