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Malawi, a landlocked country in southeastern Africa, is defined by its topography of highlands split by the Great Rift Valley and enormous Lake Malawi. The lake’s southern end falls within Lake Malawi National Park – sheltering diverse wildlife from colorful fish to baboons – and its clear waters are popular for diving and boating. Peninsular Cape Maclear is known for its beach resorts. ― Google

Capital: Lilongwe

Population: 19.13 million (2020) World Bank

President: Lazarus Chakwera

Currency: Malawian kwacha

Continent: Africa

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Malawi - Severe weather

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In the 2022-2023 rainy season (which started in November), heavy rains, strong winds, and thunderstorms have affected 24 councils of Malawi, causing floods, and severe weather-related incidents that resulted in casualties and damage.

According to the Department of Disaster Management Affairs of Malawi (DODMA), 42 people have died following severe weather-related incidents, 85 others have been injured, and almost 42,000 people have been affected. Furthermore, the same source reports widespread damage to houses, schools, hospitals, and roads.

The affected councils are Balaka, Chikwawa, Chiradzulu, Chitipa, Dedza, Dowa, Karonga, Kasungu, Lilongwe District, Machinga, Mangochi District, Mchinji, Mulanje, Mzimba, Mzuzu City, Neno, Nkhotakota, Nsanje, Ntcheu, Ntchisi, Phalombe, Salima, Thyolo and Zomba District.

National authorities are providing relief assistance which includes food and non-food items for more than 37,000 affected people.

For the next 24 hours, moderate to locally heavy rainfall is forecast over southern Malawi.

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Humanitarian Impact
  42,000
      Affected Persons
  42
        Deaths

OCHA coordinates the global emergency response to save lives and protect people in humanitarian crises.

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