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Monday, 30 November 2009

Malawi: When disaster strikes

A man desperately reaches for a river bank as flood water pushes him to a likely death in the Lingadzi river in Kasache village close to Lake Malawi. Four rescuers in bright orange life jackets throw him a line in a last frantic attempt to reach him, realising this may be the last opportunity of saving his life. He reaches successfully for the line with his last reserves of energy and is finally pulled out spluttering water from his lungs. This man was actually never in any danger of losing his life, but was taking part in a realistic simulation of a rescue attempt during heavy rains that regularly cause widespread river flooding in this part of Malawi. Here, there is no water, no river.

Source: European Commission