BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Five people were killed, and 17 badly injured, during violent storms in various parts of the country, according to Malawian authorities on Monday.
Two bodies, including that of an infant, were found floating in the river near the commercial capital Blantyre, police said. Police said they were still looking for the body of an elderly woman in the Shire River, Malawi's largest river.
In the capital, Lilongwe, police said a ten year old girl was electrocuted by a wire that was exposed during a storm. The girl was running toward safe shelter after her family's home was damaged.
A man was also killed when a wall fell on him.
Malawi's Vice President Saulos Chilima on Sunday visited some of the hundreds of displaced families.
"We were asleep when suddenly roofs were blown off by heavy storms and within minutes we were all soaked," said resident Ishmael Chipala, as he showed the vice president his damaged home.
Chilima said government would send assistance and has appealed for international aid, especially shelter and food.
Malawi's Meteorology Department said climate change had brought on extreme weather patterns.