Nkhotakota floods death toll rises to 6

The death toll caused by flash floods in Nkhotakota has risen to six people as search and rescue (SAR) operations continue in the flood-hit lakeshore district.

According to a statement issued by the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA), the team led by the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) has located, rescued and evacuated 1,100 people who were trapped in various areas.

Reads the statement: “an updated preliminary report from the district council states that 14,176 people have been affected; out of which 9,378 have been displaced and are in camps; whereas 4,798 are staying with their relations.

“Of the total number of the affected; 7,189 are males while 6,987 are females. A total of twelve camps have been established in Traditional Authorities (T/As) Mphonde and Kanyenda. The council has recorded six deaths and four injuries.”

The statement further says that a total of 1,638 under-five children, 287 pregnant women, 305 lactating mothers, 46 people with disabilities and 82 elderly persons have been displaced and are living in camps.

Speaking to YONECO FM, DoDMA spokesperson Chipiliro Khamula said most affected areas remain inaccessible by roads due to extensive damage caused by the floods.

He said: “The main road; M005, which connects Nkhotakota, Salima and Nkhata Bay; has been cut at Kaombe Bridge, Walemera and Nkoma. This impedes delivery of essential services; with humanitarian players largely relying on boats to reach affected areas.”

Meanwhile, DoDMA in collaboration with various humanitarian partners, companies and individuals of goodwill has provided various relief items which include maize flour, maize, blankets, clothes, dignity kits, beddings, shelter materials, medical supplies, baby supplies, and WASH materials.

However, with the number of displaced communities increasing, the DoDMA says relief items are needed in large quantities and the department calls upon companies, organisations, humanitarian partners and individuals of goodwill to lend a helping hand.

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