Government statistics show that 176 people have died (with an unknown number still missing). There are over six hundred thousand people affected by the floods in the country because of the week - long torrential rains. The death count is expected to rise as more bodies are found.
Those affected are devastated as they lost their homes. Phalombe, a southern district and one of the worst affected had more than 20,000 houses destroyed, and some areas were submerged beneath 2.5m of water. There is a concern for Cholera because of lack of clean water supplies. It was also noted the increasing number of mosquitoes being attracted to the still water and the worry of malaria as people are forced to sleep outside due to limited shelters.
According to reports, there is a relief camp in Miwemba and one near the Phaloni River, which is very basic. There are no tents; no boreholes and very limited food were the majority has no choice but to sleep outside, despite the rain.
Local charity organisations have intensified their efforts to provide relief aid. During a public meeting last week in Blantyre, President Mutharika praised local and international organisations for responding to his appeal for disaster relief aid although more help is needed.
The Malawian government is assisting people to move to the highland areas.
"The Government is urging people living in flood prone areas to urgently relocate to upland areas to avoid losing more lives because what the country has witnessed is only the beginning of the onset of rains" warned Principal Secretary for Malawi`s Disaster Management affairs, Paul Chiunguzeni.
MUFIS(Malawi Union for the Informal Sector), who is an affiliate of StreetNet International sends out their messages of support to their fellow comrades. “These type of floods has never happened in recent years. There were many lives lost, houses, property, animals and crops damaged. This is really disaster because people in Malawi rely on agriculture and there is a need of urgent assistance. The most affected district seems to be the southern part of Malawi.
There are some humanitarian organisations that are on the ground such as Red Cross International and World Vision but more aid is still needed. The Malawi Defence Force helicopters and boats are assisting by airlifting people who are trapped. They are also distributing supplies to areas which are not easily accessible.
Some of MUFIS members are affected as many of them are from the informal sector. It is sad that many people lost their livelihoods also.”
More pictures can be viewed on this link - http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/gallery/2015/jan/21/malawi-floods-cause-devastation-in-pictures
There is also a portuguese version of the Blog where one can access personal updates on news and events. It can be found on this link: http://streetnetbrasil.wordpress.com/
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INDIA. DP is irreparable, scrap it, say activists. Times of India (10 April 2015).
TANZANIA. College plans to identify trade opportunities for hawkers. Daily News (10 April 2015) by Ludovick Kazoka.
INDIA. No street vendors, cycle rickshaws in Lajpat Nagar market: NGT. Zee News (8 April 2015) by PTI. New Delhi:
BOTSWANA. EDD is the way to go. Mmegi Online (8 April 2015).
USA. Five Courses: Hawkers' street food flair & more. Creative Loafing Tampa Bay (8 April 2015) by Meaghan Habuda.
INDIA. Hawkers may be allowed near Rishi Kapoor, Anil Ambani's Pali Hill residences. DNA India (8 April 2015) by Amrita Nayak Dutta.
ABU-DHABI. Abu Dhabi Municipality raid scares away street hawkers. Gulf News (7 April 2015).
SINGAPORE. Hawker centres to be spruced up with murals and art installations. Channel News Asia (5 April 2015) by Vimita Mohandas.
MALAYSIA. 'Development will be inclusive'. The Star Online (3 April 2015).
INDIA. 'Street vendors denied right to livelihood'. The Hindu (1 April 2015) by K.N. Umesh.
StreetNet International is an alliance of street vendors. It was launched in Durban, South Africa, in November 2002.
Membership-based organizations (unions, co-operatives or associations) directly organizing street vendors, market vendors and/or hawkers among their members, are entitled to affiliate to StreetNet International.
The aim of StreetNet is to promote the exchange of information and ideas on critical issues facing street vendors, market vendors and hawkers (i.e. mobile vendors) and on practical organizing and advocacy strategies