Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Cyclone Anna killed 4, thousands displaced in southern Malawi

Cyclone Enna killed at least 34 people in Madagascar, two in Mozambique and four in Malawi, leaving thousands homeless. Malawi, which also lost power for two days, has deployed search and rescue teams to help flood-affected people. Area.

Emily Mateyu was sleeping at her home in southern Malawi’s Chikwawa district when floodwaters from Cyclone Enna struck.

Mateu, a single mother of one child, remembers her childish survival.

He said, “It was around 11 o’clock in the night. I was woken up by the flood waters from a nearby river that engulfed my house. That night I fled with my child to higher ground, leaving all my possessions soaked in water. ,

Mateu is among thousands of people in southern Malawi who have been rendered homeless by the heavy rains and floods caused by the Ena that hit Malawi on Sunday.

Many houses have collapsed due to the flood, forcing occupants to take shelter in churches and schools.

A destroyed house is covered with mud from a landfall caused by Tropical Storm Ana in Antananarivo, Madagascar on January 26, 2022.

A destroyed house is covered with mud from a landfall caused by Tropical Storm Ana in Antananarivo, Madagascar on January 26, 2022.

Matteau said flood victims in his area are sleeping on bare ground, saying someone needs to provide them with tents and other necessities.

He said, “We have nowhere to sleep. Even the churches and schools here are submerged in water. What we need most now is food and clothes because all our wealth has been washed away.”

Chipiliro Khamula is the spokesman for the Department of Disaster and Management Affairs in Malawi.

He said that the department is still getting evaluation reports from the districts.

Khamula could not tell the total number of people affected.

“For now we are still getting reports from the councils. But the figures are on the upside. More than 10,000 households are displaced in Chikwawa alone. And in Mwanza more than 4,000 people are affected,” he said.

As of Wednesday, four people have been confirmed dead.

Khamula said rescue operations were on to help others stranded in the flood-hit areas.

“As of yesterday, we have deployed a search and rescue team, including the Malawi Defense Force, the Malawi Police Service, the Marine Department, to ensure that they can rescue people suspected of being trapped in Mulanje, Zomba, Chikwawa and Nsanje “

The Meteorological Department says Cyclone Ana has left the country but warned that heavy rains will continue in parts of southern Malawi.


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