Heavy Rains and Flooding in Malawi

Updated February 4, 2015

Destruction of shelters in Malawi from heavy rains and floodingJanuary’s intense rains resulted in extensive and severe flooding in Malawi.  According to a February 3rd United Nations report, 638,000 people have been affected by flooding in 15 districts.  There are 79 deaths reported, and another 153 people missing.  Some 63,976 hectares of land has been flooded.  Destruction of shelters in Malawi from heavy rains and flooding

ERDO is working with two PAOC Global Worker partners in Malawi to bring relief to children and their families: Kathy Bowler from Children of Blessing Trust, in Lilongwe and Rev.Harlyn Purdy, in Blantyre.

ERDO’s response through Kathy Bowler is now complete.  School roofs and the clinic were damaged in the heavy rains so ERDO has assisted in repairing these through funds already raised for this flood emergency.

There is more work to be done so we are counting on supporters like you to assist in the relief effort.

We need your help to raise $22,000 of the immediately needed $30,000 to work with Rev. Purdy and the local church to provide 500 families in the hardest hit areas of Blantyre city with:

  • 2 blankets per household.
  • Emergency food (20 kg maize flour, beans and other nutritious foodstuffs).
  • Cement so that homes can be rebuilt.
  • Maize seed so that crops can be replanted.

We aren’t asking for the full $30,000 because City Pentecostal Church in Blantyre, Malawi is raising a portion of the funds needed and we celebrate their desire to contribute to the need.   Please give quickly and generously to this appeal for help.  We are already working through the community committees and chiefs to identify the families in most need and want to rush our help to them.   

Please click the “donate now” button and make your donation today.

Background information:

  • Malawi is regularly hit by floods and droughts, requiring emergency responses of varying size each year. This year, flooding has caused displacement of over 170,000 people, while an estimated 116,000 households have lost their crops and livestock.
  • This year's rains have come ahead of their usual schedule, repeatedly bursting the banks along the Shire and Ruo rivers.  
  • The impact of flooding on food security poses immediate problems as well as potentially severe food shortages for months to come, as crops have been washed away and livestock lost.
  • According to an initial UN estimate, US $3.4 million is needed to respond to urgent healthcare needs and prevent and control outbreaks of disease.

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