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Malawi, 26 January 2015: UNICEF emergency supplies distributed to flood affected communities

UNICEF Malawi/2015/Chagara
© UNICEF Malawi/2015/Chagara
UNICEF Malawi's Country representative, Mahimbo Mdoe, assists in the distribution of humanitarian aid in Nsanje.

26 January 2015, BLANTYRE, Malawi – After the arrival of 100 tons of emergency goods by road and air, UNICEF has continued distributing life-saving supplies to those affected by Malawi’s floods.

Across the affected areas, 2,216 family survival kits have been distributed, which contain blankets, mosquito nets, plastic sheets, cooking equipment and water containers. In addition 2400 cartons of therapeutic food have been distributed through the district nutrition offices, to reach 2,810 children.

In Nsanje, the district worst hit by the flooding, the distribution of 600 Emergency Survival Kits and almost 300 buckets and taps was completed. All eight health facilities in the District were provided with Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) and 1300 intravenous fluids to treat dehydration. Bangula Camp, housed in the town’s main primary school and one of the largest with over 6,000 displaced people, also received a recreation kit, so that activities can begin for children who are currently not going to school.

In Zomba and Phalombe, UNICEF and District Health officials have been delivering essential drugs, water buckets and therapeutic foods for malnourished children.

“We are beginning to see a regular flow of life-saving supplies and activities reaching those hardest hit from the flooding,” said UNICEF Representative, Mahimbo Mdoe, whilst visiting the area. “But we remain very concerned about the large numbers still cut off from land access, and in need of assistance. After two weeks, these people have only received sporadic deliveries. We are appealing to all those who can, to assist with transport access over the coming days.”

26,000 people who fled their villages are still stranded, staying together on the higher grounds. Only two helicopters and one boat from the Malawi Defence Force are able to provide them with some supplies. Through the District Commissioner, UNICEF airlifted 100 Emergency Survival Kits to the trapped communities in Makhanga, Chikale, Bwazi and Chigwamafumu. In addition, there were buckets for transporting clean water.

Further supplies will arrive on January 26. UNICEF supplies will ensure safe water, sanitation and hygiene in the camps, to avoid the spread of diseases such as diarrhea and cholera. The high risk of malaria will be reduced by the mosquito nets which are included in the emergency survival kits. These kits also include non-food items such as blankets, pots, pans and jerry cans. Shelter will be improved by UNICEF tents and blankets, which can also create child-friendly spaces.

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Contacts: 

Angela Travis, Communication Section, atravis@unicef.org or +265 999 964208

Zainah Liwanda, Communication Section, zliwanda@unicef.org or +265 888 861632

 

 
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