Tropical Storm “Freddy” – Storm disaster: 531 dead in Southeast Africa

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Tropical Storm “Freddy” – Storm disaster: 531 dead in Southeast Africa

Tropical storm Freddy has claimed the lives of at least 531 people in three countries in Southeast Africa – Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar, according to authorities. Hardest hit is impoverished Malawi, where the death toll rose to 447 on Sunday, according to the Civil Protection Agency.

On Thursday, Malawi authorities reported 326 dead. About 360,000 people in the country are affected by the heavy rainfall, flooding and landslides.

tens of thousands of homeless people
Tens of thousands have become homeless. The government has declared a state of emergency in the hardest-hit region of southern Malawi. The cyclone has left a trail of devastation in Southeast Africa for the second time in a month since last Friday. At least 67 people have been killed in Mozambique, according to President Filipe Nyusi. At least 17 people have been killed in the island state of Madagascar.

“Freddy” had landed for the first time on February 21 – in Madagascar. From there, the storm moved on to Mozambique and then back across the Indian Ocean. On March 11, “Freddy” reached Mozambique and Malawi for the second time.

The storm, which has been raging for more than a month, is likely the longest-lasting cyclone since weather records began, according to the World Weather Organization (WMO). “Freddy” was declared a cyclone on February 6. Southern Africa is currently in cyclone season, which can bring rain and severe storms into March or April.

Source: Krone

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