WE HAVE TO ACT NOW TO SAVE LIVES; EMERGENCY MALAWI FLOOD APPEAL Government Asks for Aid as Floods Force 70,000 to Flee

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WE HAVE TO ACT NOW TO SAVE LIVES; EMERGENCY MALAWI FLOOD APPEAL Government Asks for Aid as Floods Force 70,000 to Flee


Byline: PAU PA LO'HARE p.ohare@dailyrecord.co.uk

A SCOTS healthcare charity have launched an emergency appeal in response to the devastating floods in Malawi.

EMMS International said 100,000 people have been affected and 70,000 forced to flee their homes.

The extreme weather has already claimed 48 lives but the death toll is expected to rise.

Between now and January 31 all donations to the Edinburgh charity will be matched pound for pound by the UK Department for International Development. Pictures from the south-east African country show locals knee deep in water and stranded on islands of mud.

Thousands are struggling to access food, healthcare and shelter.

President Peter Mutharika declared a third of the country a disaster zone and appealed for aid as his government cannot cope financially.

Neighbouring Mozambique have also been affected by heavy rain, which started last month.

A EMMS International spokesman said: "Many of our partners, projects and patients are affected by the floods.

"Mulanje Mission Hospital has lost electricity and is relying on a generator to keep the hospital functioning. …

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