Malawi, one of Africa’s poorest countries, experienced torrential rains this week, resulting in rampant flooding due to late summer storms. Although this is the region’s rainy season, Malawi has not seen flooding like this since 1964.
These deadly floods submerged villages and destroyed crops and livestock. This disaster is especially devastating because 8 of every 10 Malawians earn a living through agriculture.
An estimated 200,000 people have fled their homes, finding themselves suddenly without access to food or shelter. Already, almost 200 people are reported missing or dead.
Feed the Children currently operates community-based programs in more than 625 communities in Malawi and its team on the ground plans to focus its initial relief efforts in Nsanje, Chikwawa and Salima, three districts designated as priority areas for assistance by Malawi’s Department of Disaster Management. Feed the Children’s efforts in Salima district will benefit from our strong program presence in that area and our ability to mobilize there quickly.
Working in partnership with Malawi’s Department of Disaster Management, we are swiftly responding to this disaster with the help of Nu Skin’s Nourish the Children (NTC) Initiative and Proctor & Gamble. We are distributing tens of thousands of bags of Nu Skin’s VitaMeal to provide meals for the displaced.
If you would like to support our organization as we provide relief to Malawi flood victims, please visit our website.
(Image above from the UN).