Malawi Says Almost 64,000 Hectares of Farmland Submerged

Almost 63,531 hectares of farmland in Malawi have been submerged and about 120,000 farmers across the southern African nation have been affected by floods.

The country has lost food production of more than 48,000 metric tons, Vice President Saulos Chilima said in a statement published on the Malawi government’s official website.

The government will be providing agricultural and technical support to families that have lost crops and livestock to enable them to restart production.

It plans to distribute early-maturing varieties including sorghum, sweet potato vines, cassava cuttings, rice seeds, fruit trees and cow peas in order to take advantage of existing residual moisture, he said.

Rains in the southern African nation displaced more than 200,000 people, killed at least 176 and forced schools and colleges to close this month.

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