Over 100 Dead In Malawi After Return Of Tropical Cyclone

Following Tropical Cyclone Freddy Storms in Malawi, the death toll rose to 99 according to the data released on on Monday, with 85 deaths recorded in the city of Blantyre alone.

This is one of the strongest storm ever recorded in the southern hemisphere, and the longest lasting cyclone according to meteorological Organization study done, with the disaster now exceeds a month in Malawi and Mozambique, Killing more than 100.

Malawi  is struggling to contain the effects of the storm, which has wreaked devastation particularly in 10 of the country’s southern region districts.

People walk along a street damaged by the impact of Cyclone Freddy in the city of Quelimane, Mozambique, March 12, 2023. /CFP

Heavy rains accompanied by strong winds have destroyed houses, washed away roads and bridges and flattened crop fields

The main referral hospital in Blantyre says it is overwhelmed by the sheer number of bodies it is receiving.

The hospital has appealed to bereaved families or whose relatives are missing to go to the hospital to identify and collect the bodies for burial as hospital is running out of space.

Searching for victims of Cyclone Freddy in Blantyre, Malawi, on Monday.Credit…Eldson Chagara/Reuters

The storm has crippled power generation capacity with most parts experiencing prolonged blackouts.

The national power generating company says it is unable to restore power with its hydro-power plant off due to accumulation of debris caused by flooding.

Weather experts say heavy rains and flooding will continue on Tuesday as the storm is expected to begin withdrawing from Malawi back to the Indian Ocean on Wednesday.

The government of Malawi has declared a state of national disaster in the most affected districts. It appealed for help locally and globally for the tens of thousands of people who have been left without food and shelter.

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