GOAL teams in Malawi are responding to flash floods in the south of the country that have killed at least 48 people, affected 80,000 and forced thousands more from their homes.
The Southern Districts have been the worst affected including GOAL operational districts Chikwawa and Nsanje where a combined 48,000 people have been affected to date. Those displaced are seeking refuge in temporary camps as well as schools and churches.
GOAL teams in Malawi have participated in rapid assessments and have outlined immediate needs such as clean water and sanitation, food, shelter, blankets and other non-food items. Fuel is also a priority in order to facilitate access to communities stranded by high and dangerous waters.
To date, GOAL has donated 600L of petrol to support rescue operations by boat; large tents, that house up to 150 people each; and chlorine to help with water purification. We are also supporting district authorities with logistical arrangements for assessments and response, while we are also in discussions with several donors to expand our response across a number of sectors.
The rains are expected to continue over the coming days, with fears that more people will require urgent assistance.