Red Cross continues to support flood victims and appeals for more aid

Published: 20 January 2015

Lilongwe, MALAWI, 20 January 2015 - The Malawi Red Cross is continuing to support people affected by floods which have left 135,000 displaced in three districts of southern Malawi. Rainstorms have also destroyed houses and property in the capital Lilongwe and the commercial city of Blantyre where some people were killed by the rising waters.

Heavy rains have, over the past weeks, caused flooding in Malawi especially the southern districts of Phalombe, Nsanje and Chikwawa, leaving close to 200 people dead.

“Working through our local volunteers, we have been responding to the disaster and helping victims in all the affected areas,” said Ethel Kaimila, Secretary General of the Malawi Red Cross Society. Apart from general response operations, the Red Cross has directly supported 7,000 displaced people with tarpaulins, family tents, shelter kits, mosquito nets and hospital tents.

The Red Cross, with support from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, plans to assist 40,000 affected people in Chikwawa, Nsanje, Phalombe and some urban parts of the city of Blantyre between February and March. “The affected people will need continued support for some time and we need 2.7 million US dollars to provide such support between,” added Kaimila. Funds raised will be used to distribute additional emergency relief supplies such as kitchen sets, shelter kits and tarpaulins; food supplies to support displaced families for three months, and to rehabilitate 600 houses damaged by the floods.

“Apart from our own response, we have also provided tarpaulins, blankets and body bags to the Government of Malawi for use in their response.”

Since the first day of the disaster, the Red Cross has been providing a number of services to the affected including managing camps, reconnecting separated families, assisting in search and rescue operations, counselling flood victims, and distributing relief items.

About the Malawi Red Cross

The Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) is Malawi’s oldest humanitarian organization which started its operations in 1932 as the Nyasaland Branch of the British Red Cross. In 1966, the Malawi government passed Act 51 of Parliament establishing the MRCS as a voluntary society, allowing it the right to use the protected Red Cross and Red Crescent emblems in conformity with Geneva Conventions. It became a member of the International Federation of the Red Cross in 1971. The organization has over 30,000 volunteers across the country, half of whom are young people.

For inquiries contact:

Ethel Kaimila

Secretary General

Mobile : +265-888-206-619