Cyclone Freddy Leaves Dozens Dead and Hundreds Missing in Southeast Africa
Cyclone Freddy has caused widespread destruction and significant loss of life in Malawi and Mozambique. The storm made landfall twice in Mozambique and once in Malawi, causing flooding and landslides that have killed at least 120 people and left hundreds missing.
In Malawi, 11 people have been confirmed dead and 16 are missing. Rescue and recovery efforts have been hampered by damaged roads and bridges, making it difficult to reach affected areas.
Meanwhile, Mozambique has been hit even harder, with many coastal towns and villages completely destroyed. More than 60 bodies have been recovered in Malawi so far, but the death toll in Mozambique is expected to rise significantly.
According to CBS News, Cyclone Freddy has become one of the longest-lasting tropical cyclones on record, and it is not yet clear when it will dissipate. Mozambique is still recovering from the devastating effects of Cyclone Idai in 2019, and the country is now facing another major humanitarian crisis.
The United Nations and other aid organizations have pledged to provide assistance to those affected by the storm, but many areas remain inaccessible due to severe flooding. The situation is expected to worsen in the coming days, as more heavy rain is forecast in the region.
The government of Malawi and Mozambique have declared a state of emergency, with officials warning that more rain is on the way. The Red Cross has also appealed for donations to help those affected by Cyclone Freddy.