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Malawi is one of the poorest countries on earth, and as such has very little resilience to climate change. In January 2015, this small African country suffered the most catastrophic floods every recorded, following three days of incessant rain. The floods made nearly quarter of a million people homeless, killed several hundred and destroyed thousands of homes, roads and bridges. The contaminated flood waters spilled over into hundreds of wells, polluting drinking water sources. This has lead to cases of Cholera, as thousands have no access to clean drinking water. As the flood waters recede, they leave pools that rapidly turn stagnant in the tropical heat, perfect breeding grounds for mosquitos. This has lead to a huge jump in the number of cases of Malaria. Two months after the floods, the town of Makhanga is still cut off, after the rail and all road connections with the town were washed away.