WATERS, WINDS AND FIRES
Precise yearly data on the number of deaths and affected population by disasters has not been made available officially. Drought is, undoubtedly the greatest threat in terms of geographical range and economic effect. The risk management company Software Inc. (RMSI), which generates global geospatial information and, in addition to other analysis, has recently carried out an historical assessment of meteorological droughts, studying their frequency and spatial distribution characteristics based on Standard Precipitation Index (SPI) time series. The study showed that Malawi was worst affected by the droughts of 1987, 1992, 1994, 2004, and 2005. The major droughts in the past 50 years were experienced in (1948/49 and 1991/92) While meteorological droughts of 1992, 1994 and 2005 were national level events, the droughts during 1987 and 2004 were local in their spatial nature.