Storm Ana costs lives and livelihoods in Malawi

Flattened maize crops, waterlogged farms and collapsed bridges are what greet us in Chikwawa, an hour’s drive south of Blantyre.

Construction vehicles are lining up on the side of the road where the main bridge that connects Blantyre and Chikwawa district was washed away by heavy flooding a few days ago.

There’s an unusual heavy police presence here, because President Lazarus Chakwera is expected to inspect the damage.

Aisha Anubi’s maize crops, the size of a football pitch, were all destroyed by flooding.

The 20-year-old tells the BBC that she has lost her only source of income.

This is one of many vehicles that were caught up in the storm and washed away by flooding:

A battered car.

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It’s unknown if the vehicle occupants managed to escape unharmed.

At least 36 people have died in Malawi while many others are still unaccounted for.

With more rain expected in the next few days, people here are worried about losing their homes.

Source: bbc

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