Cyclone Freddy leaves hundreds dead and injured in Malawi and Mozambique

15 March 2023

Malawi and Mozambique were on Saturday hit by Tropical Cyclone Freddy, which killed more than 100 people, injured scores of people and left a trail of destruction that ripped through the southern African neighboring countries over the weekend.

Tropical Cyclone Freddy is one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the southern hemisphere and could be the longest-lasting tropical cyclone, according to the World Meteorological Organization.

Photo: Hendry Keinga weeps after losing a family member in a mudslide in Mtauchira village in the aftermath of Cyclone Freddy in Blantyre, Malawi

Photo Credit: [Esa Alexander/Reuters]
By Rabson Kondowe

Tropical Cyclone Freddy on saturday ripped roofs off buildings and brought widespread flooding around the port of Quelimane before moving inland towards Malawi with heavy rains that caused landslides.

Power supply and phone signals were cut off in some parts of the affected area.

President Ramaphosa offers condolences:-

President Cyril Ramaphosa has, on behalf of the Government and people, offered condolences to the governments and citizens of Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar which have been affected by Cyclone Freddy.

This tropical cyclone, which originated off the north-west of Australia in recent weeks and has travelled across the Indian Ocean, has resulted in nearly 140 deaths, a high rate of injury and the loss of public infrastructure and private property in the three Southern African states.

President Ramaphosa said: “As the Government and people of South Africa, we are saddened by the loss of human life, livestock, infrastructure and property experienced by our sister nations.

“Our thoughts are with the many families who have lost loved ones in this disaster and we share the wishes of the people of Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar that these extreme weather incidents will subside so that recovery and rebuilding efforts can proceed.”

The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa

State House Malawi

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malawi




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