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Cyclone Freddy Death Toll Rises to 225 in Malawi

  • People affected by the effects of Cyclone Freddy in Malawi, March 15, 2023.

    People affected by the effects of Cyclone Freddy in Malawi, March 15, 2023. | Photo: Twitter/ @ituc_africa

Published 15 March 2023

So far, this climatic event has left 707 injured, 41 people missing, and 88,312 citizens displaced from their homes.

Commissioner for the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) Charles Kalemba announced that the death toll from Cyclone Freddy in southern Malawi reached 225 as of Wednesday.


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According to the latest update on this climate disaster, about 707 people have been injured and 41 people are reported missing.

The affected areas include 12 districts and cities in the southern region of Malawi, namely Blantyre City, Blantyre District, Chikwawa, Chiradzulu, Machinga, Mulanje, Neno, Nsanje, Phalombe, Thyolo, Zomba City and Zomba.

Cumulatively, Cyclone Freddy has displaced at least 19,676 households (approximately 88,312 people), with 165 camps set to accommodate them.

Search and rescue operations led by the Malawi Defence Force, the Malawi Police Service, the Department of Marine, the Malawi Red Cross Society, and communities are still underway.

DoDMA said it is, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, liaising with foreign missions, governments, and international organizations for support.

Meanwhile, Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera is scheduled to visit the affected areas and communities on Wednesday to evaluate the situation, which he has described as "saddening".

The Cyclone has since diffused, but the country's Meteorological Department said localized rains and thunderstorms will remain over Malawi.

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