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Severe flooding in Malawi

This image shows a house half sumerged in flood water in southern Malawi
House half submerged in flood water at Maraka, Nsanje district, Southern Malawi

Heavy rains in early January led to severe flooding across Malawi. CBM and partners are responding to ensure that persons with disabilities are included in relief measures.

Situation overview

In early January heavy rains in southern Africa led to severe flooding across Malawi. A State of Disaster was declared by the Malawian government in the 15 affected districts.

CBM, with partners Malawi Council for the Handicapped (MACOHA), the Federation of Disability Organisations of Malawi (FEDOMA) and the Department of Disability and Elderly Affairs (DDEA) are working to promote ageing and disability mainstreaming in emergency response while directly responding to specific needs of persons with disabilities. This twin-track approach will enable access to basic needs in an equitable, dignified and autonomous way.

Key actions

three people at the top table during a workshop - the gentleman in the mkiddle is presenting and there is a banner with 'CBM' ©CBM
Peter M.G Ngomwa, acting Executive Director of MACOHA opening the inception workshop, 5 February 2015
5 February - CBM Emergency Programme Manager Tushar Wali attended the inception workshop for the programme teams of our partners and reported enormous enthusiasm for the work - in fact, many of the newly recruited Community Rehabilitation Workers (CRWs) are actually coming from the worst affected districts and have had first-hand experience of floods. The inception workshop was a success; all staff are in place and have been deployed to the three districts, and all operational aspects were clarified.

Peter M.G Ngomwa, acting Executive Director of MACOHA stated during his opening speech that "CBM's timely and strategic guidance on how to respond to the emergency has been great support." He then went on to say that he wish to take the opportunity to convey his deepest gratitude to CBM donors and concluded by saying "CBM has proven the saying ... A friend in need is a friend in deed".

21 January - CBM, its partners, and other NGO members of Disability working group met the Department of Disability and Elderly Affairs to identify key priority areas for action to ensure that the ongoing response is disability inclusive.
CBM has also shared an information sheet on 'how to make disaster response disability inclusive' with various humanitarian actors including UN agencies.
CBM partners, MACOHA and FEDOMA have carried out quick assessments to identify the impact of floods on persons with disabilities and immediate needs.


Humanitarian Action

CBM working with local partners to ensure that people with disabilities are included at all levels of disaster preparedness and response


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In numbers

4 February 2015
  • 1.15m people affected country wide
  • 336,000 people displaced
  • 15 districts affected
  • 104 deaths
  • 645 people injured
  • 172 people missing


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