Flood Damage Update – February 2015


A total of 132 orphans from MOET have been displaced by the floods.  Class attendance of pupils at MOET was not the same during the period and most of the children have been disturbed by the development. The most immediate needs for our children at MOET are plastic papers to help water proofing roofs of temporary accommodating structures they are constructing. It may also be of great help to consider supporting food such as maize, beans and soy. For our pupils, we need to consider buying some beddings and books to the most deserving ones

.Floods 10…. see full report from Patterson below:

DISASTROUS MOMENTS AROUND MOET CATCHMENT AREA

1.0 Areas affected by floods

Mangochi District found in the Southern Region of Malawi where Mangochi Orphan Education and Training (MOET) is located is one of the Districts that have been mostly affected by floods in Malawi. The situation has caused the nation to be declared‘the state of disaster’ early this this year and serious rainfall still persist to date.

It was on Wednesday,the 7th of January 2015 when Mangochi received heavy rainfall which started at night throughout to the next morning causing floods everywhere. This later in the afternoon resulted in several houses falling including some of thosewhere our orphans and vulnerable children come from. A total of 132 Orphansfrom MOET have beenaffectedand families displaced by the floods. Some of the areas that have been affected by floods in Malawi are Nsanje, Chikwawa, Chiladzulu and Blantyre Districts. Below are pictures of some of the houses from Makawa in Mangochi.

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As seen from the pictures most of the houses destroyed were those which were sub-standardly constructed and with local materials as accessed by the under-privileged community where orphans belong to.

 

1.2 Household resources destroyed by floods

Household items that are lost as a result of the  floods include bags of maize (food), clothes, blankets, household utensils, text books, exercise books and field crops. It is sad that people are left with no food and there is no hope for any better farm produce this year. The displaced families were initially seeking refuge in government school blocks and churches but recently putting up with friends, relatives and or in temporary structures. There is an acute sanitation problem as well that has rendered most of the occupants contracting dysentery due to most of the fallen pit latrines.

2.0 Flooding at MOET

We also experienced some floods coming through at MOET from the western side. It however did not damage anything as we were also assisted by the natural designs of the place. Below are pictures of the floods as seen on the day at MOET.

 

Class attendance of pupils at MOET was not the same during the period and most of the children have been disturbed by the development. Pupils needed better structures to store their academic property and for their peace of mind. The government and some donor community have tried contributing some of the needs to some households but this has not been sufficient. Food has also not been regularly provided as is required.

3.0 Thinking about our orphans’ and their households

The most immediate needs for our children at MOET are plastic papers to help water proofing roofs of temporary accommodating structures they are constructing. It may also be of great help to consider supporting food such as maize, beans and soy. For our pupils, we need to consider buying some beddings and books to the most deserving ones.

 

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