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Malawi floods killed more than 50 people, exceeding 200,000



About 200,000 people in Malawi were overthrown by floods that affected half of the 28 regions. The government recorded at least 56 deaths and more than 500 casualties as of Wednesday. The Meteorological Administration warned that more rain is coming.

Many of the victims are in the refuge with floods that destroyed their homes, damaged roads, swept bridges and killed cattle.

Meteorologists claim that floods are the result of tropical cyclones blowing in neighboring Mozambique.

The floods displaced the displaced people at the Bangula camp in Nsanje, Malawi.

The floods displaced the displaced people at the Bangula camp in Nsanje, Malawi.

One of the victims, MacDonald Clemence, said he was asleep when he woke up because of a sudden collapse. He instantly awakened others and found it to be the wall of his house, and immediately when he was ordered to stay in camp at Nsanje the next morning, he found shelter in the house.

The vigorous water that came into his house swallowed almost everything he had, but he ran away with his two children.

He said that now they are hoping to receive food and blankets, and that they want to have a place to resettle in the upper land.

Malawi's President Peter Mutharika has reported 14 disaster areas and has appealed for help.

Agness Milonje, a flood victim in southern Malawi, collects flood damaged houses.

Agness Milonje, a flood victim in southern Malawi, collects flood damaged houses.

However, deliveries of relief goods that are beginning to get water droplets are interfering with flooded roads.

Francis Kadzokoya, director of disaster risk management, said many relief items may have to be delivered to the public.

A spokesman, Kadzokoya, said, "Perhaps we should move some of the relief items to a camp that is inaccessible on the road because we want to ask for help with a helicopter to my mom department."

On the other hand, community health practitioners advise people on practices that can help prevent the spread of infectious diseases by placing them in clinics to treat people who need it.

Bram Makawi, director of the Department of Health and Senior Overdose Control, said efforts are under way to prevent diseases such as malaria, pneumonia, diarrhea and eye infections.

The derailed flood victims share relief supplies in Nsanje, Malawi.

The derailed flood victims share relief supplies in Nsanje, Malawi.

Four years ago, a similar flood in southern Malawi killed 276 people and displaced 230,000 people.

Kadokoya said the government is currently planning to move people from flood-prone areas to higher places.

"We think we will actually get rid of the aftermath of a serious catastrophe like we had in 2015. We even experienced it in March 2019."

But reporters warned that on March 14th there will be steady rain in southern and northern Malawi. Rain can cause more floods.


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