Malawi’s Cyclone Freddy impact: Death toll at 200


About 200 people have been killed by effects of Cyclone Freddy that has hit the southern region districts since Friday.

Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA) Director Responsible for Recovery and Resilience Peter Lackson Chimangeni disclosed that of the 190 deaths, 158 are from Blantyre alone.

Chimangeni says over 584 have been injured, 37 people are missing while over 4000 people have been displaced.

Meanwhile, Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers and some civilians have been deployed in some Southern Region districts to help in search and rescue of victims of the cyclone.

However, Commissioner for disaster preparedness Charles Kalemba described the incident as unfortune.

The boat had six people, and three managed to swim out of the water, according to Kalemba.

Meanwhile, Director of the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services, Lucy Mtilatila, said Cyclone Freddy had weakened in Malawi.


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