Press Release

Humanitarian partners seek $29.4 million to assist people hardest hit by Tropical Storm Ana in Malawi in support of the Government-led response

04 March 2022

The Flash Appeal brings together the most time-sensitive and critical response activities of 44 partners

(Lilongwe, 4 March 2022) - Humanitarian partners in Malawi have launched a Flash Appeal that urgently seeks US$29.4 million to provide vital assistance to 542,000 people who have been hardest hit by Tropical Storm Ana for the next three months, in support of the Government-led relief efforts.

Tropical Storm Ana passed through many districts in southern Malawi in late January 2022, leaving behind devastation and destruction. Over 990,000 people were affected by the storm, according to Government figures. The Flash Appeal focuses on the six hardest-hit districts of Chikwawa, Nsanje, Phalombe, Mulanje, Chiradzulu and Balaka, where an estimated 680,000 people are in need of life-saving and life-sustaining humanitarian assistance and protection.

The Flash Appeal brings together the most time-sensitive and critical response activities of 44 partners—the Malawi Red Cross, seven national NGOs, 26 international NGOs and 10 UN agencies—and all of the work carried out under the appeal will directly complement the Government of Malawi’s ongoing relief efforts.

“We have worked hard to ensure that this appeal is prioritized and principled, and we are confident that the activities planned are those that are most urgently needed to deliver immediate relief to the people who need it most,” said the UN Resident Coordinator a.i., Shigeki Komatsubara.

“While we are conscious that humanitarian support is not a long-term solution to the recurrent climatic shocks that continue to increase in frequency and intensity in Malawi, we are faced today with an urgent need to act swiftly to save the lives and livelihoods of those whose homes and crops have been upended by Tropical Storm Ana,” he added.

Expressing appreciation for the solidarity already shown by the international community in response to Tropical Storm Ana—including the $3 million allocated by the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support urgent humanitarian actions—the UN Resident Coordinator a.i. called for further support to the people of Malawi at this extremely challenging time.


Currently, there are more than 20 Agencies and specialized organizations of the United Nations active in Malawi which, through their work, contribute to ensuring a better life for the people of Malawi.


Phillip Pemba

Development Coordination Officer, Programme Communications and Advocacy

UN entities involved in this initiative

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
International Organization for Migration
United Nations Resident Coordinator Office
UN Women
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
United Nations Development Programme
United Nations Population Fund
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
World Food Programme
World Health Organization

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