WATERS, WINDS AND FIRES
Precise data of the yearly impact of floods in terms of deaths and numbers of people affected is not available in official publications. However, it is quite apparent that the nature and pattern of weather related hazards are changing, becoming more frequent, intense and unpredictable. For example between 1970 and 2006 Malawi experienced 40 weather-related disasters, but 16 of these occurred after 1990. More importantly the number of people affected by these disasters has increased sharply since 1990. The geographical coverage of floods has also increased. Before 2001 only nine districts in Malawi were classified as flood-prone. In 2001, 16 districts were reported as flood affected, and a further 14 districts in 2002.