There is more room in the tents set up at Bangula, Malawi, to the thousands of people displaced by deadly floods. Then with his girl of 2 years, Pilirani Andulu sleeps in the open air, without a blanket or mosquito net.
Since the beginning of march, the low pressure system associated with the cyclone Idai, which struck Thursday evening, the coast mozambican, drowned the Malawi and Mozambique as heavy rains.
Still tentative, the balance sheet is heavy. More than 120 people dead, 100,000 were displaced, and a large million people in the two countries, including more than 900,000 on the only ground in malawi.
The house of Pilirani Andulu has not withstood the weather, in the valley of the Shire (south), the main river of the country.
The young mother has hooked up with a large loincloth with her baby on her back and won the small town of Bangula, 15 kilometers away, where pile up some 1,700 families.
But upon his arrival, the white tents and blue drawn in haste on public land had already been occupied. “We sleep in the open air. The night, we are devoured by mosquitoes,” says the young mother, short hair, braided.
Mary Amidu has also found refuge with her five children, to Bangula.
“The floods arrived very quickly (…) The house was destroyed. It has not had time to save anything except our skin,” says the mother of a family. “We found a little corner in a tent. One sleeps to the ground, but we made it our home”.
In a shed without wall, help distribute the rice donation of the chinese government. Women pack the precious food in tissues.
“It has food, but no utensils to cook with, because all has been lost in the floods”, says Mary Amidu, the tired face.
In the camp, two little boys have found the parade, they use a corn cob as a spatula in an old pan dented that they were able to save in extremis.
– Enormous needs –
“We will remain here the time that the situation will normalize. There was no other choice,” sighed Mary Amidu.
In the countryside around the camp, the fields of corn were drowned, the crops planned in April-may lost. Wholesale construction equipment are driven into the mud.
In one district of Nsanje, where is Bangula, the authorities have compiled 21 idp camps. But on the 14 districts affected by the inclement weather – on the 28 that are out of the country -, 187 camps have been opened.
In total, 82.725 people have been displaced in Malawi, according to the Department of risk management.
“It has enormous problems in terms of funding for food and non-food products,” warns Humphrey Magalasi, responsible for the coordination of relief efforts in the district of Nsanje.
“What we need in an emergency, it is food, tents, doctors and mosquito nets”.
From the aerodrome of Bangula, relief is working to load in a helicopter of the food and equipment.
“It moves by air of the provisions of Makhanga (in the district of Nsanje), where approximately 3,000 families are affected. Because of the floods, the region is accessible only by boat and by air,” commented Mr. Magalasi.
Before the extent of the damage, the president of Malawi, Peter Mutharika, has declared a state of natural disaster.
“Our country will not only recover from this disaster”, warned the minister of internal Security, Nicholas Dausi. “We have declared a state of disaster for those who wish to lend us a hand.”
As the country prepares to new precipitation. Those that are brought on by the cyclone Idai.