Up to 20,000 people in the southern tip of Malawi, the area most affected by current flooding, remain cut off from the rest of the country without food, health care, or means to prevent possible disease outbreaks.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is providing care in the Solomon Islands, a large group of islands in Oceania, to people displaced from their homes by devastating flash floods in early April. Some 10,000 people were left homeless in the capital, Honiara, after floods swept away riverside communities, brought down bridges, destroyed roads, and damaged some health centers.
For several weeks, MSF helped support the Rabouteau Health Center in Gonaives. It reopened a hospital in another part of town while also organizing water distribution. MSF continues to witness difficult situations and documents the stories of some of the people still forgotten weeks after the last storm.
"At the latest estimate, there were something like 60,000 people living without a house. All the bridges have collapsed around the town, and the roads are still impassable. Inside the town itself you can drive to some places, but to get to the town from outside is impossible—even big vehicles with caterpillar tracks can't get through."
While flood waters in Gonaives have mostly receded, some parts of the devastated town remain inaccessible and many people have not had access to healthcare, clean water, and food for 15 days. An MSF team continues to support the Rabouteau Health Center in Gonaives, where more than 1,000 consultations have been carried out to date.
Lionel, a 22-year-old carpenter, was at home on September 1 with his wife, who was seven months pregnant, in the Brale area in Gonaïves, Haiti. At about 11 p.m., the water started rising. As it began to spread under the bed, they knew they had to move. Within two hours, the water was four meters above ground level.