Malawi: Cyclone Freddy loss of life toll rises to 190


At least 190 individuals have died after Tropical Cyclone Freddy ripped via southern Malawi, the nation’s Department of Disaster Management Affairs mentioned Tuesday.

At least 584 have been injured and 37 individuals have been reported lacking within the nation. 

The Malawi Ministry of Natural Resources and Climate Change mentioned Tuesday the cyclone is “weakening but will continue to cause torrential rains associated with windy conditions in most parts of Southern Malawi districts.” 

“The threat of heavy flooding and damaging winds remains very high,” the report added.

Charles Kalemba, a commissioner for the Department of Disaster Management Affairs company, advised CNN Tuesday that the scenario had worsened in southern Malawi.

“It’s worse today. A number of places are flooding and a number of roads and bridges are cut. Visibility is almost zero. Electricity is off and also network is a problem. It’s becoming more and more dire,” Kalemba mentioned, including that rescue operations have additionally been affected by poor climate.

“It’s tough. We need to use machinery (for rescue operations) but machines cannot go to places where they were supposed to excavate because of the rains,” Kalemba added.

Malawi’s Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services warned Monday that “the threat of damaging winds and heavy flooding remains very high.”

Kalemba added that an enchancment in climate is anticipated from Wednesday. “Possibly by tomorrow, the cyclone may have passed. We are hoping to see improvement from tomorrow but today is worse. There are heavy rains and lots of water.”

The damaged roof of a school lies in the playground in Vilanculos, Mozambique, on February 24.

In Mozambique, no less than 10 individuals have been killed and 13 injured within the Zambezia province, in accordance with state broadcaster Radio Mozambique, citing the National Institute of Disaster Risk Management.

The lethal cyclone has damaged data for the longest-lasting storm of its sort after making landfall in Mozambique for a second time, greater than two weeks after the primary.

More than 22,000 individuals have been displaced by the tropical storm, in accordance with Radio Mozambique.

“It’s quite likely that number will go up,” Guy Taylor, chief of advocacy, communications and partnerships for UNICEF in Mozambique, advised CNN Tuesday.

“The size or the strength of the storm was much higher than the last time … the impact in terms of damage and the impact on people’s lives has been more substantial,” he mentioned.

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