On the 21st January 2015 Rescue South Africa answered the call of the Malawian government for assistance after fifteen of Malawi’s twenty-eight districts were declared disaster zones. The team were based in southern Malawi, first in Blantyre and then further south at Nchalo (Illovo Sugar Cane Estate). From there the team was flown by helicopter to areas that had been isolated since the flooding began and started with medical assessments on the community, as well as an assessment on basic infrastructure, such as a bridge that had sustained flood damage.