Malawi floods kill three, displace thousands

Updated 11 January 2013
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Malawi floods kill three, displace thousands

BLANTYRE, Malawi: Three people have died, and nearly 5,000 households have been ruined as floods swept through parts of Malawi, officials told AFP on Friday.
Heavy rains and strong winds brought deadly flooding the center and south of the African nation.
“As of yesterday, three people have died from the disasters,” said Gift Mafuleka, deputy director of the department of disaster management.
Mafuleka said the inhabitants of at least 4,929 households had been displaced.
One person was killed when their home collapsed and two others were washed away by flood waters.
The government has launched a relief effort to provide affected districts with food supplies, blankets and plastic sheeting.
It appealed for donations of basic items, particularly food.
“The government cannot do this alone,” said Mafuleka. “We are calling upon local donors to come and help with relief.”
“Food is most important to the victims as they have lost everything.”
The annual rains which accompany the southern hemisphere’s summer often spell misery for many in a country where homes are often built with mud and grass.
“Those displaced are being accommodated in churches and schools,” Anatazio Chibwana, a district commissioner for Phalombe said.
He said he feared that more people would be affected as the rains intensified on Friday.


Pakistani authorities bar Musharraf from July polls

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Pakistani authorities bar Musharraf from July polls

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s elections oversight body has rejected the nomination of former military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf, barring him from running for office in elections to be held next month.
The Election Commission of Pakistan on Tuesday rejected Musharraf’s candidacy for a National Assembly seat from the northwestern constituency of Chitral.
Musharraf is facing a treason case in Pakistan, lives in self-exile in Dubai and failed to appear before the country’s top court earlier this month. Subsequently, the court last week withdrew permission to allow Musharraf to run for office.
Election authorities also rejected nomination papers of former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, longtime politician Imran Khan, and former lawmakers Aysha Gulalai and Mahtab Abbasi from Islamabad. They can appeal. They are also contesting from other constituencies.