Torrential rains continue in Malawi
Relief group Gift of the Givers are appealing for donations to assist around 17,000 displaced people.
JOHANNESBURG - Torrential rains continue to hit Malawi as relief aid group the Gift of the Givers is working to provide relief to over 17, 000 displaced people.
Described as the worst flooding disaster in the history of the country, the rising waters have killed more than 50 people and destroyed the homes of thousands more.
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The floods have also destroyed food security in 10 of Malawi's districts as the majority of the crops planted by subsistence farmers are under water.
Gift of the Givers's Gaffer Jakhura who's stationed in Malawi has appealed for donations.
"We are targeting those badly affected areas. Of those 70,000, we are trying to get to at least 10,000 by providing them with immediate relief items such as food, blankets and sheeting."
- World Vision (@WV_humanitarian) January 15, 2015
Meanwhile, at least 34 people have died in severe flooding in Mozambique.
Thousands more have been displaced since heavy torrential rains started lashing the country this week.
The South African National Defence Force has sent a team of divers, air force personnel and medical officials to help with relief efforts.