Over 800,000 people have been affected by the flooding in the wake of Cyclone Idai in Malawi, with 59 dead and 672 injured. And as flood waters are starting to subside, it is a race against the clock to prevent the spread of water-borne diseases such as cholera.
The effects of Cyclone Ida have been catastrophic in Malawi. The heavy rains and floods washed away crops just one month away from harvest in southern Malawi. In Nsanje, floods affected over 13,000 hectares of crops and 16,000 livestock belonging to approximately 38,000 farming families.
“People here are desperate, they have lost everything they have and it is very, very difficult for them to survive,” Concern’s Country Director in Malawi, Yousaf Jogezai said today.
“They have had just so many shocks, with last year’s drought, flooding last January and now this latest flood, they have lost everything. In many cases their houses have been washed away or they have collapsed, their livestock is gone and this year’s harvest had been destroyed.”