Death toll from Tropical Cyclone Freddy surpasses 220, continues to mount

Strong winds and torrential rains continue to cause extensive damage in Malawi, with flooding and mudslides reported.

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As of Wednesday, Cyclone Freddy is dispersing and moving as a low-pressure area between the Zambezia Province (central-northern Mozambique) and the Mozambique Channel.

The passage of Cyclone Freddy across central-northern Mozambique and southern Malawi caused severe flooding and mudslides, resulting in numerous casualties and widespread damage.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OHCA) reported that “at least 225 people have been killed and 700 others injured. The cyclone has displaced 88,000 people and affected 186,000 in total.”

In Mozambique, “the cyclone’s second landfall has affected nearly 94,000 people in five provinces – that’s in addition to more than 239,000 people affected by flooding in southern and central Mozambique when the storm first struck the country,” claims the UN OCHA report.

President of Malawi Lazarus Chakwera has declared a State of Disaster in the country’s Southern Region.

Rescue efforts are ongoing, but efforts to bring machinery into affected areas are being complicated by widespread flooding and mudslides.