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Mzuzu flooding death toll nears 10

Written by  Yamikani Simutowe

The death toll from flooding in Mzuzu has reportedly risen to seven and hundreds of others have lost their homes due to the rain.

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Flash floods caused by days of non-stop rain have also submerged and swept away roads in the city. Some parts are inaccessible.


A mother and her child died Thursday morning after their house collapsed because of the same rains.


Mzuzu Central Hospital Administrator Timothy Soko confirmed the deaths of two children who were taken to the facility after the walls of their house fell on them due to the floods.


However, Northern Region Police confirmed five deaths—four children and a woman.


But unconfirmed reports indicate that the death toll has reached 7 while hundreds others, mainly in Ching’ambo, Hilltop, Masasa and Chibavi have lost their homes to the rains.


For instance, 50 houses have collapsed in Masasa alone. The number of damaged houses is expected to increase should the down pour continue.


Mzuzu has received the highest amount of rainfall resulting in floods.

Meanwhile, the Weather and Meteorological Department has indicated that heavy rain will continue over the northern areas and cloudy with rain drizzle over the southern and central areas of Malawi.


This, according to weather forecast for Thursday and Friday, April 9 2016, is due to the effect of cool and moist south easterlies which are dominant over Malawi.


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