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Floods and poverty collide in Malawi

A flooded church in Bangula, Nsanja District, southern Malawi. © Arjen van der Merwe/UNICEF

Malawi

In January 2015, Malawi and neighbouring countries were affected by a major flood crisis, with scores of lives lost, and over 600,000 displaced in Malawi alone. The flood crisis has disrupted access to food, sanitation, drinking water, medication, and health services. Food insecurity and disease epidemics are likely in the aftermath of the floods. In a country where poverty is endemic along with high rates of communicable diseases including HIV and malaria, the population are extremely vulnerable to natural hazards.

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