Cyclone Freddy Leaves Hundreds Dead in Malawi and Mozambique
The death toll from Tropical Cyclone Freddy has passed 300, with authorities in Mozambique and Malawi taking several days to assess the extent of the damage and loss of life.
After first touching down in late February, the cyclone tore through Southern Africa over the weekend for a second time. One of the deadliest tropical storms in Africa in recent years, it has become one of the longest-lasting tropical cyclones ever recorded.
Authorities announced late on March 15 that at least 53 people died in the Zambezia region of Mozambique, more than doubling their earlier estimate. Malawi has so far recorded 225 fatalities, hundreds more injuries, and some still unaccounted for. Before hitting Mozambique again, the cyclone had killed about 27 people in Madagascar and Mozambique.
Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera has declared 14 days of mourning for the fatalities, and the government has promised $1.5 million in aid, as mudslides and flooding forced more than 20,000 families to leave their homes.
Cyclone Freddy - Over 300 Dead in Mozambique, Malawi and Madagascar
DW, 16 March 2023
Hundreds of people have been killed as tropical cyclone Freddy continues its trail of destruction. Read more »
UN Steps Up Support to Malawi Following Deadly Cyclone
UN News, 15 March 2023
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Malawi Turns to Zambia Defence Force for Cyclone Rescue Mission
Nyasa Times, 16 March 2023
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Malawi Declares Emergency After Cyclone Freddy Kills At Least 200
RFI, 15 March 2023
Malawi has declared a state of disaster with more than 200 people confirmed dead after Cyclone Freddy ripped through southern Africa for a second time, triggering floods and… Read more »
Organisations Respond to Malawi's Call for Cyclone Freddy Help
VOA, 14 March 2023
Malawi has declared a state of disaster from Cyclone Freddy, which has killed at least 219 people in Malawi and Mozambique since Saturday night, and displaced 11,000. Read more »
Cyclone Freddy to Turn Around Again to Hit Quelimane a Second Time
Mozambique News Reports And Clippings, 13 March 2023
Cyclone Freddy slowed down and did not hit Quelimane until Saturday evening, using the extra day to collect more energy and water. Freddy will weaken as it moves inland, but most… Read more »
Malawi Suspends Schools As Cyclone Freddy Kills 40
VOA, 13 March 2023
Malawi has diverted flights and suspended schools in its southern districts due to Cyclone Freddy, which has killed at least 40 people, according to the country's disaster… Read more »
Malawi has declared a state of disaster after Cyclone Freddy, which has killed at least 219 people in Malawi and Mozambique and displaced 11,000. The disaster declaration is a part ... Read more »
More than 163,300 people have been affected by rainfall and flooding generated by Cyclone Freddy across southern and central Mozambique by February 28, the United Nations Off Read more »
These aerial images have been captured on March 16, 2023, in Nsanje by a Malawi Red Cross drone.