Floods leave 48 dead and thousands misplaced in Malawi

By Drum Digital
14 January 2015

Flooding sparked by heavy rains has killed 48 people and displaced up to 45,000 others in Malawi.

Flooding sparked by heavy rains has killed 48 people and displaced up to 45,000 others in Malawi, the newspaper Nyasa Times reported Wednesday.

President Peter Mutharika declared a third of the southern African country a disaster zone on Tuesday and made an urgent appeal for foreign aid.

Floods have hit the south the hardest, with officials saying many of the victims died in Mangochi district, 100 kilometres south of the commercial capital Blantyre.

Mutharika put the number of displaced people at 23,000, while the Department of Disaster Management Affairs said 45,000 people had left their homes.

Source : Sapa-dpa

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