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Saturday, 17 January 2015

Malawi deploys military as floods leave atleast 48 and made 100,000 people homeless

Malawi deployed military helicopters and boats Thursday in a bid to rescue desperate flood victims stranded on patches of high ground after raging waters killed at least 48 people and left 100,000 homeless.

Vice President Saulos Chilima said the rescue operation had been delayed because of poor weather over the two previous days and helicopters were struggling to land because of the high water levels.

"Around 800 people have been rescued from the flooded areas in (the southern districts of) Nsanje and Chikwawa," he said in a statement, adding that more support such as boats, helicopters, tents and food was urgently needed.
The two districts were the worst hit by the floods which have ravaged half of the 28 districts in the poor southern African nation, with neighbouring Mozambique also battling the rising waters.

"We are racing against time to rescue everybody. We want to make sure everybody is safe," Chikwawa district commissioner Alex Mdoko told AFP.

Scores of people in the district were feared dead after being swept away by the floods, he added.

A number of canoes carrying rescued villagers capsized due to overloading on the Shire river.

Five major roads in the south were closed after bridges were washed away.

Malawi's power generating company Escom shut down its main hydro plant on the Shire River due to debris accumulating in the turbines, leading to power blackouts in the commercial capital.

President Peter Mutharika has called the floods a "national tragedy that urgently needs both local and international response".

Across the border in Mozambique, 300,000 people across four provinces in the centre and north of the country found themselves without electricity when power lines collapsed in the flood waters.

The country's deadliest floods were in 2000 when about 800 people were killed.Culled


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