The impact of Climate Change
Year after year, climate change has a bigger impact in Malawi. Rain patterns have changed, resulting in alternating periods of droughts and severe flooding. Especially in the southern regions of Malawi, recurrent floods are a constant threat to lives, farmland and homes.
Mapping the Risks
Good preparation is very important. The Red Cross therefore helps Malawians in the most vulnerable areas to identify literally the risks of a new floods in advance. In which areas do many people live together? Which areas are likely to be affected by flooding? Where are schools and hospitals located and how high is the risk of flooding here? Not only the risks are mapped out, also solutions have been devised. What are possible evacuation routes? Do the warning systems work optimally? Where can people be accommodated? And after a disaster: how many financial reserves are necessary for affected communities to recover their own lives as quickly and effectively as possible?
Result: stronger communities that are aware of the risks of recurrent flooding and are well adapted to it.
- With €20,- you can help set up the Early Warning Teams with materials such as megaphones
- With €50,- you can set up one village in one of the three regions with Early Warning Systems
- With €150,- you can help one village or school to be better prepared for floods
- With €2,000,- you can provide one shelter with tents, blankets and cookware
- In total the Red Cross needs €12,600 to train the Emergency Aid Teams of The Malawi Red Cross Society to respond after a disaster
The Red Cross needs a total of €30.000,- to map vulnerable community’s and prepare people better against natural disasters in these three areas.
Read more about this project under the tab: Project information.
What you can do
With your help, together with the residents, we will be able to map out the risks and solutions for a subsequent flood. For €150,- you can help one village or school to be better prepared for floods.
Year after year, climate change has a bigger impact in Malawi. Rain patterns have changed, resulting in alternating droughts and severe flooding. Especially in the southern regions of Malawi, recurrent floods are a constant threat to lives, farmland and homes. Between 2015 and 2016 alone, 7.1 Malawians became victims of weather-related disasters. More than 1,500 families in the lowlands around Lake Chilwa lost their homes during the severe floods of 2015.
Research shows that the potential for disaster preparedness and sustainable rehabilitation after a disaster is not yet sufficiently exploited. There are still many opportunities in terms of risk analysis, early warning and evacuation systems and rehabilitation.
Mapping the Risks
Being prepared is very important. The Red Cross therefore helps Malawians in the most vulnerable and remote regions to literally identify the risks of a new floods in advance. In which areas do many people live together, which areas are likely to be affected by flooding, where are schools and hospitals located, and how high is the risk of flooding?
Mapping the Solutions
Not only the risk of flooding in these areas are being mapped, also solutions have been thought of. What are the possible evacuation routes, do the early warning systems work optimally, where can people be accommodated? There is also a lot of attention for strengthening the Malawi Red Cross Society. The other national society learns how to interpret and respond to the available data. Emergency response teams are further trained, emergency resources are replenished and an optimal link with emergency response initiatives by the government will be reviewed.
After a Disaster
The project is also strongly focused on the situation after a disaster. This applies in particular financial assistance to those affected, so-called multi-purpose cash transfers. This will enable affected communities to regain their own lives as quickly and effectively as possible. This will be tested extensively during a pilot project, where the current situation will be mapped as well as the estimated amount of financial reserves needed.
Result: 241,265 people in Zomba, Chikwawa and Nsanje are better prepared for recurrent weather-related disasters. They know the risks and are able to respond to them. And after a disaster, they can take on the task of reconstruction themselves with financial aid. They will be provided with well-coordinated and trained assistance from the Red Cross in close cooperation with existing government initiatives.
Early Warning systems
|Signposting of evacuation routes||€ 20|
|Provide shelters (such as schools) with emergency aid supplies||€ 2.000 per location|
|Local stockpiling of relief supplies:|
||€ 15 per piece|
||€ 6 per piece|
||€ 30 per set|
|Annual training in a village or school||€ 150 per location|
|Training emergency relief teams by The Malawi Red Cross Society||€ 12.600|
Why wait until a disaster strikes to help out? This is the basic philosophy behind the Red Cross Princess Margriet Fund. The Fund aims to prepare vulnerable people in vulnerable areas for natural disasters. Sustainable and smart initiatives help the local population better prepare for the next disaster, under their own steam. Since we take action before a natural disaster occurs, we can save lives and prevent a great deal of damage and suffering.