Malawi: Stagnant water attracting malaria mosquitos

One doctor says majority of the children they've treated under the age of five have diarrhoea.

Water may be receding but there are still villages in Malawi that are cut off due to the flooding. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

MALAWI - Relief group, Doctors without Borders (MSF), says Malawi's biggest health ris k now lies in its isolated villages, where water wells have been contaminated by the floods, and stagnant water is attracting malaria infecting mosquitoes.

Doctors from around the world have been treating victims of the heavy rains and flash floods.

It's estimated 173,000 homes have been destroyed.

The teams have been transported to villages on the east bank of the Sanje district by South African national disaster management teams sent in by government to help.

Rescue SA team members battle to free a truck used to deliver food aid to flood victims from the mud on 24 January 2015. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

MSF doctor, Amaury Gregorie, says the displacement camps have relatively safe water and food, but their concern is for people who have not sought refuge.

"Most of the villages have been badly hit so that means the sources of water have been contaminated."

Gregorie says the majority of the children they've treated under the age of five in villages have diarrhoea.

An MSF doctor attends to an ill infant in Bangula on 25 January 2015. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

The doctors have been slow to reach remote villages due to the lack of air transport and were able to treat more than 100 people for first time today after the South African team flew them in.

South African helicopters deliver aid to isolated flood victims. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.