Saturday, April 1, 2023

More than half a million people in Malawi have been affected by Cyclone Freddy

Agence France-Presse :

The United Nations warned that Cyclone Freddy, which killed more than 400 people in South Africa.

affected more than half a million people in Malawi, one of the poorest countries.

which is currently facing the risk of a humanitarian crisis.

The local United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a status update.

that Freddy “receded into an area of ​​low pressure and completely dissipated on 15 March.”

In six days, six months’ worth of rain fell on southern Malawi, the epicenter of the storms, causing deadly floods and landslides.

OSHA stated that “more than 500,000 people have been affected since March 12.

” More than 183,000 people out of nearly 20 million people are homeless.

For its part, the World Food Program said in a statement that about 300 emergency shelters had been opened.

but the destruction still limited the access of humanitarian teams and the delivery of aid.

Hurricane Freddie, which lasted for an exceptional period, killed 326 people in Malawi, and 86 people were killed in Mozambique, according to the latest toll on Friday, and 17 in Madagascar.

“There is a risk of an exacerbation of the current cholera epidemic, with children being the most vulnerable to this crisis,” UNICEF spokeswoman Phungma Fudong told AFP.



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