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Floods Kill 56 in Malawi and 66 in Mozambique

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7Dnews London

Wed, 13 Mar 2019 13:47 GMT

The death toll from floods in southern Malawi has risen to 56, with the country now also on alert for an approaching tropical cyclone, Reuters reported, citing an official on Wednesday March 13th.

In Mozambique, the government has said that 66 people have been killed and 141,000 affected after heavy rains deluged central and northern Mozambique and it has appealed for funds to manage the crisis, AFP reported.

Since storms began more than a week ago, around 83,000 people have been displaced after rivers broke their banks, leaving villages underwater and knocking out power and water supplies in some areas.

The spokesperson for Malawi's Department of Disaster Management confirmed that 56 deaths had been recorded as of Tuesday, as well as 577 people with injuries, according to Reuters.

Chipiliro Khamula said that most of the displaced families are living in camps: "So far, a total of 187 camps have been established in the affected districts."

Malawi has been put on alert for more rain and flooding on Thursday when Tropical Cyclone Idai is expected to make landfall through Beira, in neighbouring Mozambique, the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services said.

The cyclone will dump heavy rains and winds over Mozambique, before moving to southern Malawi and later Zimbabwe, the department's director, Jolam Nkhokwe said. 

Malawi's President Arthur Peter Mutharika, who declared a state of disaster in southern Malawi late on Friday, cancelled trips to the northern region of Malawi to attend to the flooding. 


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