The harvest this year seemed to be very promising. The rainy season went well, the maize grew well and the people were grateful. Then, from 4 to 8 March, it started raining cats and dogs as a result of a cyclone that came from Mozambique to Malawi. This caused unprecedented flooding, especially in Southern Malawi, where unfortunately 45 people died, 577 were injured and 15,185 people had to leave their homes, which were no longer habitable. A total of 147,958 households have been affected.
President Peter Mutharika has declared a state of emergency. Families who had to leave their homes have found temporary shelter in schools and churches. But they have to return to their places of origin. Children indicate that they would like to go back to school, have a safe shelter and food to eat.
We have made an inventory of the consequences of the severe rainfall and flooding and we want to start providing emergency assistance as soon as possible, in cooperation with the local authorities. This initial emergency aid will be done by raising funds.