Frequently Asked Questions

The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services has issued a severe weather warning that stormy rains (heavy rains accompanied by strong winds) are likely to hit most parts of the southern region, which might cause flooding.

  • Develop a culture of listening to the radio or watching television and reading news for information. (The Department of Disaster Management Affairs is airing jingles on MBC and Zodiak [both radio and TV], to raise awareness on flood early warning systems).
  • Teach children about flood hazards
  • Identify safer places for evacuation during floods
  • Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
  • Be aware of streams, drainage channels and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without such typical warnings as rain clouds or heavy rains.
  • Pay attention to flood early warning signs such as long rainfall duration and rising water levels in lakes and rivers.
  • Evacuate to safer places immediately.
  • If you are capable, assist in search and rescue and provision of relief aid.
  • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall.
  • If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
  • Do not drive into flooded areas and drifts. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and your vehicle can be quickly swept away.
  • Stay away from power lines and electrical wires and report downed power lines to Escom officials, law or other relevant authorities.
  • Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
  • The Department of Disaster Management Affairs is responsible for coordinating and directing the implementation of of disaster risk management programmes in order to improve and safeguard the quality of lives of Malawians especially those that are vulnerable to and affected disasters.
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