Photo album - Malawi flooding

EWN is reporting how search and rescue groups are withdrawing from Malawi’s flooded districts following an end to their search and rescue operations.

More than 200,000 people have been displaced by heavy rains that caused flash flooding.

EWN travelled to the flood devastated region with Rescue SA giving reporter Govan Whittles and photographer Aletta Gardener unprecedented access to the story as it is unfolding.

Picture: Aletta Gardener

Speaking from an area about 200kms South of the nation's capital, Blantyre, Govan told 702's John Robbie that the main concern right now is that water sources for the surrounding villages have been contaminated by floodwaters.

As search and rescue operations wrap up the talk is now the supplying of seeds for people to restart their farming operations and the delivery of raw materials for people to rebuild their homesteads.

Those who have been moved to safer ground are being housed in displacement camps - mostly in schools.

One camp, Benguella, is currently housing over 6500 people - 1000 of which Mozambican nationals who fled across to the border to escape the floods.

The camp managers are trying to get the morale up of the children - they're playing little games with muisic and trying to get the children laughing again, but clearly there's a lot of desperation here.

EWN Reporter Govan Whittles

Relief organisations have warned that the displacement camps can only run for about four months and a huge amount of supplies are still needed to help those affected restart their lives.

So the focus has gradually shifted from search and rescue to development logistics - the provision of seed for farming activities to resume and the delivery of raw materials for people to rebuild the rural communities.

Listen to Govan Whittles' chat to John Robbie here...

We've compiled a photo album of some of EWN photographer Aletta Gardener's photographs from her 3 days with Rescue SA in Malawi.

Post by 702.

This article first appeared on 702 : Photo album - Malawi flooding


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