This project delivers assistance and support to 42,130 people with a focus on emergency shelter, health, water and sanitation, food security, restoration of family links and National Society capacity building. Heavy rains that started in early January 2015 have caused extensive flooding in Malawi. Over 121,000 people are displaced from their districts and given the continued downpours, flooding and further damage is likely to increase significantly. The majority of the affected population face shelter concerns, and are at risk of epidemic outbreaks due to contaminated water sources. This has resulted in overcrowding of the few structures available. The project will take place in Chikwawa, Nsanja, Blantyre urban and Phalombe districts.
The population is made aware of risks and will become able to reduce their exposure to disease such as malaria, but also waterborne and water related diseases. This will reduce the chance of an epidemic. Additionally, temporary shelter and non-food items are provided to 7,600 households and active tracing and registration will be carried out in order to re-unite missing individuals with their families.
The aid and support is targeted on the disaster-affected population, some 42,130 people. The implementing partner is The Malawi Red Cross with support from the International Red Cross.