Floods threaten Malawi dam

A girl fetches water from a river created by flood water near Nsusa Village Island camp for displaced people due to the floods in the Nsanje district of southern Malawi, on March 15, 2019. - At least 56 people have died in flood-hit areas as of March 13, according to the government, while 577 had been injured and almost 83,000 people have been displaced. (Photo by AMOS GUMULIRA / AFP)


Heavy rains could cause a dam in southern Malawi to give way if there is no let-up, authorities said Thursday, urging local residents to take shelter.

The warning came after cyclone Idai battered neighbouring Mozambique last Friday killing 242 people

Hurricane-force winds and rains have also ravaged hit eastern Zimbabwe where over 100 have died.

In Malawi, the storm has affected nearly a million people with over 80,000 displaced, according to the WHO.

The Chagwa dam “has had one of its major embankments eroded due to heavy rains,” the interior security ministry said in a statement. “(It) is likely to burst in the event of heavy and incessant rains.”