In February 2017, after a year of severe drought linked to the El Nino weather phenomenon, Salima district in central Malawi experienced flash floods which forced thousands of people to abandon their homes. Five camps were set up to house more than 8 500 people.
COOPI runs an EU-funded project in the region to improve the preparedness to such disasters. Before the floods, the early warning system informed communities living in flood-prone areas that they had to evacuate, thus preventing fatalities. COOPI provided each displaced family with a household kit containing soap, water treatment, a mosquito net, sanitary pads, a plastic pail with tap, and blankets.
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