Cyclone Freddy kills 100 in Malawi | Daily News

Cyclone Freddy kills 100 in Malawi

MALAWI: At least 100 people were confirmed dead on Monday after Cyclone Freddy slammed into southern Malawi,   the country’s Commissioner for Disaster Management Affairs, Charles Kalemba, told CNN.

Most of the deaths happened in Blantyre, Malawi’s commercial capital, according to Kalemba.

“We have recorded 100 people dead in about seven councils, with Blantyre city as the highest with 85 dead and about 134 people in Blantyre alone hospitalized,” Kalemba told CNN on Monday evening. He warned the number of dead and injured could rise.

Malawi’s Government has declared a “state of disaster” in the southern region of the country.

The country’s President, Lazarus Chakwera, “has noted with grave concern the devastation that Cyclone Freddy is currently bringing to most districts in Malawi’s Southern region,” a government press release said.

“Accordingly, government is already responding to the emergencies, rendering urgent assistance to all affected districts, and appealing for local and international support for all the families affected by this disaster,” the statement continued.

Schools will remain shut in 10 of the worst affected districts until Wednesday, Malawi’s education ministry said in a statement Sunday.



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