In January 2015, extremely heavy rains and floods displaced 230,000 people in Malawi, and 50,000 people in Mozambique. In response, United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos approved US$10.9 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support humanitarian partners assisting thousands of families.
After heavy rains and floods hit southern Malawi in January 2015, an immediate US$7 million allocation from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) helped UN agencies and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) provide urgent assistance for thousands of Malawian families.
Total allocations: US$6,961,397
In February 2015, the Emergency Relief Coordinator allocated $6.9 million from CERF for emergency aid for people affected by floods in Malawi.
The table below show actual disbursements and may not yet cover total allocated amounts.
8 November 2013: For the second time in 2013, Malawi has suffered late rains, prolonged dry spells and flooding. The climate shocks, coupled with high market prices for fuel, seeds and fertilizer have meant that less was planted and even more less harvested, causing severe food insecurity. United Nations reports estimate that some 1.46 million Malawians are affected.
In response, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided a rapid response grant of US$8,049,782 to three United Nations agencies.
31 December 2012: During the 2011 and 2012 agricultural seasons, Malawi experienced widespread dry spells that reduced the production of food crops. 2012 was the fourth consecutive year of limited or no access to food crops due to a high number of natural disasters in the preceding years. The most affected districts were Balaka, Blantyre, Chikhawawa, Mulanje, Neno, Nsanje, Ntcheu, Phalombe and Thyolo.
An estimated 1.97 million people will struggle to meet their minimum food requirements until the next harvest in March 2013. More than 277,000 of those people are children.