Malawi’s Gvt Suspends Schools Over Tropical Cyclone Ana

Malawi’s government has suspended classes in all schools in the southern districts of the country in the wake of tropical cyclone Ana.

Secretary for Education Chikondano Mussa said in a statement that learners in all educational institutions in the southern region should temporarily stay away from school, while those in boarding schools should stay indoors as a measure to preserve life.

The southern region has been receiving torrential rains and very strong winds since Saturday.

There have been reports of flash floods, damaged houses and properties in the low-lying southern districts of Chikwawa and Nsanje.

The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services said floods, downing of trees and power lines, as well as some structural damage, will be high, so people are encouraged to move to higher grounds and avoid crossing flooded rivers and streams.

The southern region, especially the lower Shire River Valley, is prone to floods which will result in huge loss of lives, crops, properties and livestock.

Meanwhile, the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi announced Monday that the institution had experienced system shutdown resulting in power outage in most parts of the country.

According to the power supplier, the outage has followed an emergency shutdown of one of the country’s hydropower plants due to accumulation of debris resulting from the continuous rains.


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