Concern is seeking funding for its emergency response which includes providing essential items such as cooking utensils, mosquito nets, soap and other materials including plastic sheeting for immediate shelter for up to 5,000 flood-affected households (22,500 people).
“We will also establish emergency latrines and showers in a number of camps and train people in emergency health and hygiene,” he said Concern and its partners will support and strengthen existing protection mechanisms in place for children who are particularly vulnerable when situations like this occur.
“This is a double disaster for communities in southern Malawi where, even prior to the latest flooding, 3.4 million people were food insecure,” Mr Jogezai said. “Now, just a month before the maize harvest -- what was a very rich crop -- has been destroyed. Between 80% and 100% of the harvest has been lost.”
Maize is the dominant crop and staple in Malawi. Those affected will require food supports and cash transfers for at least the next three months.
“Once the flood waters subside, people will need seeds and tools to enable them commence replanting,” he said. “Work will also be needed to rehabilitate irrigation systems damaged by the floods.”