Death toll now at 30 in Malawi flooding

Death toll now at 30 in Malawi flooding

Agency News

Lilongwe, Mar 11 : The number of people killed in rain-induced flooding in Malawi has reached 30 with 377 others injured, the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) has confirmed.

DoDMA spokesperson Chipiliro Khamula confirmed the death toll to local media on Monday, saying a total of 93,730 households have been affected by the rains that fell continuously in central and southern Malawi from Tuesday to Friday.

Out of the 93,730 households affected, 6,341 have been completely displaced and most of the displaced families are living in camps, he said.

Meanwhile, the government of South Africa has sent rescue teams and operational equipment to support and enhance Malawi's relief operations on the ground.

The South African response followed Malawi President Peter Mutharika's declaration of disaster in 14 districts that were heavily affected by continuous rains that led to floods.