Tropical Storm Ana – Listening to Malawi

Tropical Storm Ana displaced over 190,000 households in Malawi, affecting more than 870,000 people – the equivalent of almost twice the population of the Highlands and Islands in Scotland. Over 30 individuals tragically lost their lives, and many people remain missing. Malawi’s infrastructure has been hit hard: crops and livestock, roads and bridges washed away; nationwide power outages, and, significantly, many homes have been wiped out.

UK time 14:30 – 16:00 Malawi time 16:30 – 18:00
Location Zoom

In an event co-designed by and co-hosted with our sister organisation, the Malawi Scotland Partnership, we heard from Malawi about their priorities - the situation now, of urgent relief efforts and what's needed in the short, medium and long term for recovery. The event explored Tropical Storm Ana's place in climate change and of the specific Malawian context for mitigation of future devastating weather events. Watch the event below or on YouTube here, find the chat log here and presentations are linked via the agenda below.

We continue to amplify the efforts of multiple SMP members and their partners in Malawi, encouraging all who can to support valuable appeals:


  • Welcome & scene-setting, Linda Dembo Programmes Officer, Malawi Scotland Partnership (MaSP)
Tropical Storm Ana - erratic weather patterns, climate-change & the Malawian context
  • Where Storm Ana Fits in Weather Patterns & Climate Change in Malawi, Noel Banda Applied Meteorologist/Climate Specialist Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (DCCMS) & International Advisor to President of Malawi with World Meteorological Organization. View Mr Banda's presentation here.
National & International Response, Preparedness, Urgent Needs and the Future
  • Malawi’s Response, Natasha Mbengo Principal Relief and Rehabilitation Officer Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA). View Ms Mbengo's presentation here.
  • Q&A & Discussion
  • The Scottish Government Listening to Malawi, Niall McCumesty, Malawi Development Officer, International Division, Scottish Government and Tasha Boardman-Treacy, Malawi Development Manager, International Division, Scottish Government
  • The relief operation and urgent need, Aston Mulwafu Malawi Red Cross. View Mr Mulwafu's presentation here.
  • Power & Impact on Malawi’s Energy Output, Moses Gwaza, Senior Public Relations Officer, Electricity Generation Company (Malawi) Limited (EGENCO). View Mr Gwaza's presentation here.
  • Disaster Risk Management, Julius Ng’oma Civil Society Network on Climate Change (CISONECC)
  • Meeting Ends