The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) in the office of the President and Cabinet would like to update the general public on the status of disasters and response operations in the 2022/23 rainfall season.
As of Thursday, 26th January; 2023, disasters; mainly stormy rains, floods, strong winds, heavy rains, halistorms and lightning; have affected 27 councils namely; Balaka, Blantyre City, Chikwawa, Chiradzulu, Chitipa, Dedza, Dowa, Karonga, Kasungu, Lilongwe District, Machinga, Mangochi District, Mchinji, Mulanje, Mwanza, Mzimba, Mzuzu City, Neno, Nkhotakota, Nsanje, Ntcheu, Ntchisi, Phalombe, Salima, Thyolo, Zomba City and Zomba District.
Cumulatively, 16,661 households (approximately 74,974 people), have been affected. The death toll and total number of injuries remain at 56 and 145 respectively, as reported in our previous update; dated 18th January, 2023. As indicated earlier on, the disasters have also caused damage to roads, schools and hospitals .
Currently, the department has reached out to 14,775 households (approximately 66,487 people and representing 89 per cent of the total affected population) with relief assistance which include food and non-food items namely; maize, family tents, housing units, kitchen utensils and plastic sheets for temporary roofing. Provision of relief assistance is on-going and the department, in collaboration with various humanitarian partners, will reach out to all the affected people as per the reports from affected councils.
The general public will be duly informed regarding the status of disasters and any related developments.
Issued in Mzuzu on the 26th Day of January, 2023.
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The photo details the provision of relief assistance to families affected by recent disasters in Salima.
Photo Credit: Salima District Council