Floods Kill at Least 176, Displace 200,000 in Malawi

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Floods Kill at Least 176, Displace 200,000 in Malawi


BLANTYRE, Malawi -- More than 176 people are dead and at least 200,000 have been displaced from flooding that has left homes and schools submerged in water and roads washed away by the deluge in the southern African country Malawi, its vice president said Friday.

Dozens more people are missing, with at least 153 unaccounted for in the worst affected southern parts of the country, Vice President Saulos Chilima said.

"It's a very bad situation," he said, speaking at a press conference in Malawi's commercial capital Blantyre.

A joint operation between the police and the army was underway to rescue hundreds who were trapped in their villages by flood waters, Chilima said.

"I flew over some parts of the Lower Shire but we could not find anywhere to land," he said of the southern parts of the country. "It's a big challenge we have before us."

Malawi's President Peter Mutharika declared 15 of the country's 28 districts disaster areas.

Chilima has asked for international assistance.

The United Nations World Food Program said it plans to airlift more than 100 metric tons of food to the southern African to feed at least 77,000. …

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