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Tropical Cyclone Freddy Leaves 66 Dead, 93 Injured And 16 Missing In Malawi

Cyclone Freddy hits Southern Africa for the second time, leaving over 60 dead and causing widespread flooding and landslides in Malawi and Mozambique.

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Cyclone Freddy Ravages Malawi and Mozambique, Leaves Many Dead

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  • The report states that Tropical Cyclone Freddy has caused devastation in Malawi, leaving 66 people dead, 93 injured, and 16 missing.
  • The cyclone is one of the strongest ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere and is the second to hit Southern Africa in a month.
  • The World Meteorological Organization has warned that it could be the longest-lasting tropical cyclone.
  • The storm caused widespread flooding and landslides, damaging buildings and homes, including mud houses with tin roofs.
  • The government has called for international assistance to help deal with the aftermath of the cyclone.

Southern Africa has been hit by one of the strongest cyclones ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere for the second time in a month.

Cyclone Freddy has caused widespread devastation in Malawi and Mozambique, killing more than 60 people and injuring dozens.

According to the World Meteorological Organization, the cyclone could be the longest-lasting tropical one.

Freddy slammed into central Mozambique on Saturday, causing extensive flooding around the port of Quelimane and ripping the roofs off buildings before moving inland towards Malawi.

In the country’s main commercial hub of Blantyre, the central hospital had received at least 60 bodies by early Monday afternoon, with about 200 injured people being treated, according to Marion Pechayre, Doctors Without Borders country director.

Falling trees, landslides, and flash floods were the main causes of injuries, with many people affected by collapsing mud houses with tin roofs.

The region is still recovering from Cyclone Eloise, which struck in January, causing damage to infrastructure and displacing tens of thousands of people.

Mozambique’s National Institute for Disaster Risk Management and Reduction has issued a red alert warning of the risk of flooding and landslides in the central and northern regions, and is urging residents to take safety precautions.

The impact of the cyclone on farming and food supplies is also a concern. In Malawi, where the cyclone caused landslides, heavy rains, and flash floods, thousands of hectares of crops have been washed away, threatening food security in a country where many are already struggling with high levels of malnutrition.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has said that thousands of people have been affected by Cyclone Freddy, with many homes, roads, and bridges destroyed, and power and water supplies disrupted.

Relief efforts are underway, with aid organizations on the ground in affected areas, but access is difficult due to the flooding and damage to infrastructure.

Credit: This report was based on an article by Al Jazeera.

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