Heavy seasonal rainfall starting in December 2014 has caused flooding in Southern Africa.
In Mozambique, the National Institute for Disaster Management activated an institutional orange alert country-wide. Almost 10,000 families have been affected, with Maputo city, Gaza, Nampula and Cabo Delgado provinces being most affected. (OCHA, 12 Jan 2015)
In Malawi, at least 19 people had died, nearly 3,900 homes had be abandoned, and a state of natural disaster was declared in nearly a third of the country on 13 Jan 2015 (AFP, 13 Jan 2015).
Zimbabwe reports widespread flooding across the country, with the worst affected provinces including Manicaland, Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West and Midlands. Early warning and monitoring data evidence indicates that the flooding will soon extend to traditionally high flood risk communities in the Masvingo, Matabeleland North and Matebeleland South provinces. According to preliminary assessments, approximately 6,000 people (1,200 households) have been affected, of which 2,500 people (500 households) are in urgent need of assistance. Water supply and sanitation infrastructure have been flooded and contaminated, including 70 boreholes in the Mashonaland Central province (Mbire district) alone, which has increased the risk of waterborne diseases. The flood-affected population has moved to higher ground, with some seeking refuge in schools. (IFRC, 13 Jan 2015).