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Cyclone Freddy Hits Malawi, Leaving Destruction In Its Wake


Cyclone Freddy hits Malawi on Saturday, bringing heavy rains and strong winds that caused widespread damage and flooding. The cyclone has affected over 100,000 people and has caused significant infrastructure damage.

Charles Kalemba, the country's Commissioner for Disaster Management Affairs, informed CNN that at least 99 people had died. According to Kalemba, the majority of deaths occurred in Blantyre, Malawi's commercial city.

We have recorded 99 people dead in about seven councils, with Blantyre city as the highest with 85 dead and about 134 people in Blantyre alone hospitalized.

- Charles Kalemba, Commissioner for Disaster Management Affairs

Cyclone Freddy death toll in Malawi, Mozambique passes 100

Impact Of The Cyclone

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The heavy rainfall and strong winds have caused flooding and landslides in several parts of Malawi. According to the Malawi Red Cross Society, over 100,000 people have been affected by the cyclone, with many left homeless.

The cyclone has caused significant damage to infrastructure, including bridges, roads, and buildings. The electricity supply has also been disrupted in many areas, leaving thousands without power.

The southern area of Malawi is in a "state of disaster" as stated by the Malawian government.

[The country’s President, Lazarus Chakwera] has noted with grave concern the devastation that Cyclone Freddy is currently bringing to most districts in Malawi’s Southern region.

- A government press release

Accordingly, government is already responding to the emergencies, rendering urgent assistance to all affected districts, and appealing for local and international support for all the families affected by this disaster.

- A government press release

More than 20 people were killed and hundreds were displaced when Cyclone Freddy hit neighboring Mozambique and Madagascar. The storm set records for the longest duration of its type.

Humanitarian Response

The Malawi government, in collaboration with humanitarian organizations, has launched a response to assist those affected by the cyclone.

The Malawi Red Cross Society has provided emergency relief items, such as food and shelter, to affected communities.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has also activated its emergency response mechanisms in Malawi to support the government's efforts.

We are still having a lot of rains coming down. We are now experiencing landslides, flash floods and stones rolling down some hills. Because of the weather, rescue efforts are not easy. Some of the places we have to go and rescue people, it’s not easy to get there. It’s tough but we are making sure we do the job that we need to do.

- Charles Kalemba, Commissioner for Disaster Management Affairs

Climate Change And Extreme Weather Events

Cyclone Freddy is the latest extreme weather event to hit Malawi, highlighting the impact of climate change on vulnerable communities.

Malawi is one of the world's poorest countries and is highly vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters.

Climate change is expected to increase the frequency and severity of extreme weather events, such as cyclones and floods, in Malawi and other vulnerable countries.

It is essential to address the root causes of climate change and to support vulnerable communities in adapting to its impacts.

According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), this storm is "very rare" and its voyage thus far has been "incredible and dangerous."

Final Words

Cyclone Freddy has caused significant damage and displacement in Malawi, highlighting the need for urgent action to address the impacts of climate change.

The humanitarian response to the cyclone is critical in supporting affected communities and mitigating further damage.

The cyclone underscores the need for global efforts to address climate change and reduce its impact on vulnerable communities.

It is essential to support vulnerable countries like Malawi in adapting to the impacts of climate change and building resilience against extreme weather events.

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