Relief experts sent by UN to help flood-hit Malawi

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School feeding programme in Malawi. Credit: WFP

A team of emergency relief experts is being deployed by the UN to Malawi to help the country respond to floods.

Heavy rains over the past few weeks have led to severe flooding in the Southern African country.

More than 100,000 are reported to have been displaced and at least 48 others killed in the floods, according to the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA).

It adds that 1,000 people have been rescued to date, but 19 remain missing.

Jens Laerke is OCHA Spokesperson in Geneva.

"The Malawian President declared a State of Emergency on 13 January. The floods have caused very extensive damage to crops and livestock. People's homes have been flooded, washed away and roads and other infrastructure have been affected by the flooding. At the request of the Government and the UN system in Malawi, OCHA is deploying from today an eight member strong UNDAC team to support the national response." (22")

UNDAC stands for the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination.

It members have been made available free of charge by governments and various organizations to support assessment and coordination of incoming relief assistance.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations

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