Despite the massive destruction of property, no one in Jina’s village died from Cylone Idai’s flooding, which has killed at least 60 people in other parts of Malawi. The community was prepared.

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Rhoda, who is a widow, moved upland to Lalanje camp, which is hosting about 254 households affected by the floods. Many people living in this camp also had their crops destroyed by floods and are desperately in need of food assistance.

Like many in her village, Rhoda never saw the Cyclone Idai induced floods coming. She was hopeful looking into the future. Almost 80 per cent of people affected by the floods rely on their small farms as a source of income. So having a good harvest means much more than just a meal on the table.

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