Malawi: Power supply disruptions expected to continue across the country until at least early 2023 / Update 1
Power supply disruptions, including planned load shedding, are expected to persist across the country at least until early 2023. Malawi’s power infrastructure was damaged in early 2023 after severe flooding caused by the storm tropical Ana. This caused major feeding problems. Repairs are underway with financial support from the World Bank. During the first half of 2022, nationwide blackouts also occurred due to system failures and suspected sabotage, most likely by criminal groups stealing components. For more details on the load shedding schedule, please click here.
Temporary disruptions to commerce and communications are possible during power outages; cellular and mobile services may be affected. Traffic disruptions and longer driving times are possible during these times due to faulty traffic lights. Trains can also experience delays if failures affect signaling devices or overhead wires. Power outages could also lead to the temporary unavailability of essential services such as ATMs and gas stations. There is an increased security threat during power outages. Power outages could affect security protocols, including alarm systems and electronic fencing; opportunistic criminal activity could increase during blackouts.
Develop or revise sections of the Business Continuity Plan (BCP) regarding utility outages. Identify critical functions that require power. Invest in generators and, if necessary, uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units. Regularly power laptops, tablets, cell phones and other essential devices for work or travel. Download available warning apps covering planned or unplanned power outages and watch for utility announcements.