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Malawi, 21 January 2015: UNICEF relief supplies for flood victims land at KIA Lilongwe

© UNICEF Malawi/2015
A Charter plane offloading critical emergency supplies at Kamuzu International Airport, Malawi.

21 January 2015, Lilongwe, Malawi – A Charter plane loaded with critical emergency supplies landed today at Kamuzu International Airport, Malawi. The contribution is at the core of UNICEF’s commitment to assist vulnerable communities devastated by the floods that hit the southern regions of Nsanje, Phalombe, Chikwawa, Machinga and Zomba, earlier this month.

Today’s emergency response from UNICEF’s global supply hub in Copenhagen, Denmark, contains 100 tons of life-saving supplies. This contribution includes emergency kits, essential medicines, tents and educational materials.

This emergency airlift comes at the right time. Women and children who are displaced in the evacuation camps and who have lost everything, will receive much needed shelter and survival supplies such as sleeping mats and pots and pans for cooking. Essential medicines will enable district health workers to continue mobile health services and chlorine ensures safe water. We continue to monitor the situation on the ground and will bring in relief supplies as and when needed, said Mahimbo Mdoe, Country Representative.

UNICEF Malawi has already responded to the current emergency by utilizing repositioned supplies in some of the flood affected areas. We are currently trucking vital resources on the ground from our warehouses in Lilongwe to the affected regions, for distribution. In addition, UNICEF will procure locally $1.1 million in emergency supplies in upcoming days.

Malawi was hit by unprecedented rainfall in early January, resulting in flash floods and rising water levels on the floodplain. 200 people are dead or missing, and an estimated 120,000 displaced. In addition 300,000 school children are without access to education.
 

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