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Waterborne diseases a priority in flood-stricken Malawi

Preventing waterborne diseases a priority in Malawi where floods have killed at least 176

Flood victims make their way to a relief station with their salvaged belongings at Bangula, Malawi, in the southern district of Nsanje, Sunday Jan. 18...
Flood victims make their way to a relief station with their salvaged belongings at Bangula, Malawi, in the southern district of Nsanje, Sunday Jan. 18...
A woman is helped to make her way to a relief station at Bangula, Malawi, in the southern district of Nsanje, Sunday Jan. 18, 2015. Flooding in Malawi...
A church elder makes his way to his church through flood waters at Bangula, Malawi, in the southern district of Nsanje, Sunday Jan. 18, 2015. Flooding...
People look at part of a village that was washed away by earlier flood waters at Bangula, Malawi, in the southern district of Nsanje, Sunday Jan. 18, ...

Malawi Floods

Flood victims make their way to a relief station with their salvaged belongings at Bangula, Malawi, in the southern district of Nsanje, Sunday Jan. 18...

Malawi Floods

Flood victims make their way to a relief station with their salvaged belongings at Bangula, Malawi, in the southern district of Nsanje, Sunday Jan. 18...

Malawi Floods

A woman is helped to make her way to a relief station at Bangula, Malawi, in the southern district of Nsanje, Sunday Jan. 18, 2015. Flooding in Malawi...

Malawi Floods

A church elder makes his way to his church through flood waters at Bangula, Malawi, in the southern district of Nsanje, Sunday Jan. 18, 2015. Flooding...

Malawi Floods

People look at part of a village that was washed away by earlier flood waters at Bangula, Malawi, in the southern district of Nsanje, Sunday Jan. 18, ...

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) -- An aid official in Malawi says the prevention of waterborne diseases is a priority where floods have killed at least 176 people and displaced 200,000.

Oxfam's country director in Malawi, John Makina, told The Associated Press Sunday from Lilongwe that the international aid organization is focused on preventing the spread of diseases like malaria, cholera and diarrhea.

Malawi's southern districts, which have been the worst hit, remain difficult to access because of impassable roads, said Makina. In other areas the floods are receding and people who had taken refuge in tented camps are beginning to return home, he said.

Vice President Saulos Chilima said that heavy rains are expected to continue and urged Malawians in low-lying areas to move to higher ground and avoid crossing rivers.


Updated : 2021-09-22 01:22 GMT+08:00