Tropical Storm ANA Situation Report 28 January

Floods emergency response in Malawi

Floods damage over Chikwawa district
UNICEF Malawi/2022/HD Plus


On 26 January 2022, the state President issued a declaration of disaster in all the districts of Malawi that have been affected by the Cyclone Ana induced floods and storms.

As of 27 January 2022, more than 90,000 people are reported to have been affected with over 17,000 displaced and seeking temporary shelter in about 200,000 displacement sites across the affected areas.

Schools in Southern Malawi resumed on 26 January after a temporary closure on 25 January when the rainfall activities were most intense.

An interagency rapid assessment is on the ground ascertaining the extent of damage and immediate needs. UNICEF is participating in the assessment mainly supporting WASH, education, protection, and nutrition clusters.

Chikwawa and Nsanje districts remain inaccessible following complete cut-off of sections of the main road that connect Blantyre and the lower shire districts of Chikwawa and Nsanje.

UNICEF partner, Malawi Red Cross, is on the ground supporting the distribution of the WASH non-food items (NFIs) that were delivered to Nsanje and Chikwawa districts. These supplies include water treatment chemical and supplies for sanitation and hygiene adequate to reach 15,000 people. Additional supplies that UNICEF prepositioned flood highly prone districts ahead of the rain season are also available for use in the initial response period while UNICEF is planning to dispatch additional items.

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