48 dead and tens of thousands displaced in Malawi floods

2015-01-14 10:45

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

President Peter Mutharika declared a third of the southern African country a disaster zone yesterday and made an urgent appeal for foreign aid, the newspaper Nyasa Times reported today.

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.

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