Malawi floods - choppers save villagers

2012-01-25 17:26

Blantyre - Local authorities say rescuers in military helicopters have plucked villagers to safety in flooded southern Malawi.

Nsanje District Commissioner Rodney Simwaka said on Wednesday his southern region has been receiving heavy rains since last week. He says 2 500 people fled to high ground, but several thousand are marooned in flooded villages that are cut off because roads and bridges have been washed away.

Simwaka says that since the helicopter operation started on Tuesday, 99 villagers have been rescued.

Simwaka says no deaths have been reported.

In neighboring Mozambique, also hit by heavy rains in recent days, state radio reports two bodies were found in flood waters in the central province of Zambezia on Wednesday, bringing the total death toll to 24.