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Thousands Homeless After Malawi Floods

Authorities in Malawi say severe flooding from swollen rivers has left at least 8,000 people homeless.

Officials said Thursday that flooding in the eastern Salima district, east of the capital, Lilongwe, destroyed the homes of some 2,000 people, as well as livestock and cornfields. They say the homeless have taken shelter in churches, mosques and schools.

At least 6,000 people lost their homes earlier this week when rivers overflowed in the southern resort area of Mangochi, by the shores of Lake Malawi. Officials have been unable to bring in relief supplies because the floods washed away bridges in the area.

The floods were caused by heavy rainfall. Officials say they now fear the spread of cholera due to the lack of sanitation.

Malawi was already suffering from food shortages because of a drought last year.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.