At least 48 people have been killed and around 23,000 forced from their homes by heavy flooding in Malawi yesterday.
President Peter Mutharika has declared a third of the country a disaster zone and urgently appealed for foreign aid.Reports from neighbouring Mozambique said a group of 25 school children were swept away by floodwater on Monday after heavy regional rain began last month. Sadly, forecasters say they expect it to continue over the coming days.Mr Mutharika, the President has said his government alone does not have the capacity to control the flood.Homes and crops in Malawi were destroyed by the rising torrents while roads and railways have also been cut off.
One government official said many victims died when villages were flooded in Mangoche district, an area in the south about 100km (60 miles) south of Blantyre, the commercial capital."People have fled into schools and churches on higher ground, others are in the open because there is not enough space,'' said Grey Mkwanda, a district planning officer, speaking to the Associated Press news agency.He added that some victims in Blantyre had perished when their homes collapsed.According to the city's police spokesman, Elizabeth Divala, search teams are still looking for two children who went missing during the floods.The rising waters have been caused by late summer storms in the region.