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Cyclone Ana deaths toll now at 32

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UPDATED THE NATION— Kalemba

Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) has put the number of people that died after Tropical Storm Ana hit parts of the country last week at 32.

Commissioner for Disaster Management Affairs Charles Kalemba has indicated, in a statement, that 20 more people are still missing.

Two persons from Phalombe— who were earlier reported as missing— have been found dead, 19 people are still reported missing in Chikwawa District while another person is still missing in Mwanza District.

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According to the statement, over 187,930 households are in need of assistance and, so far, the department has managed to dispatch relief items to the affected areas.

According to Kalemba, a total of 985 metric tonnes (mt) of maize, 125mt of maize flour, 60mt of beans, 15mt of salt, 6,000 plastic plates, 1,500 plastic pails, 800 plastic basins, 7,500 plastic cups and 200 sacks of clothes have been dispatched to affected councils.

President Lazarus Chakwera has since declared the flooding area a disaster.

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Tropical Cyclone Ana caused widespread flooding and power outages.

The storm blew from the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar, across Mozambique into Malawi.

In Madagascar, the storm and earlier rains are blamed for 34 deaths while an estimated 55,000 people have been rendered homeless.

The Zambezi River area in central Mozambique was inundated by the storm’s winds and rains.

Last week, Dodma spokesperson Chipiliro Khamula indicated that heavily affected districts included Mangochi, Lilongwe, Zomba, Phalombe, Balaka, Kasungu, Mchinji, Mulanje, Nkhotakota, Mzimba, Karonga, Chikwawa, Nsanje and Machinga.

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