Video: Rescue teams face challenges in Malawi floods

2015-01-20 13:09
People unload relief aid from a Malawi military helicopter as it arrive at M'bwazi Primary School in Malawi's southern Nsanje District. (AFP)

People unload relief aid from a Malawi military helicopter as it arrive at M'bwazi Primary School in Malawi's southern Nsanje District. (AFP)

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Cape Town – Flooding has continued to overwhelm Malawi, with rescue teams saying their biggest challenge is to access the most hit areas.

According to reports, heavy rains and floods have killed more than to 200 people and left about 200 000 others homeless.

The Gift of the Givers said in a video that rescue efforts were becoming difficult because of bad weather and many roads were inaccessible as bridges had been washed away.

Watch the video below.

This comes as a Sapa report said around 30 specialist volunteers of Rescue SA was expected to  head to Malawi on Wednesday to help with search and rescue operations in the flood-hit country.

"We will be there for two weeks," chief executive Ian Scher was quoted as saying.

The volunteers, according to the report, were all professional emergency services workers, rather than volunteers from the general public.

The team was trained in swift water rescue, a very specialised field involving rescue in fast flowing water.

Doctors without borders (MSF) posted a picture on Twitter showing one of the hardest hit areas Malawi that has become difficult to access.

With the torrential rains expected to continue in the coming days, a Reuters report on Monday said Mozambique and Madagascar were also facing a challenge.

According to the United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), more than 740 000 people in Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar and Zimbabwe were likely to suffer crop losses in wake of the flood disaster.

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