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Africa News of Tuesday, 21 March 2023


Storm Freddy: More than 400 still missing in Malawi

The death toll has risen to 499 The death toll has risen to 499

Authorities in Malawi say the number of people who are still missing following Storm Freddy has risen from 349 to 427, as more countries continue to send humanitarian aid.

Malawi's Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) on Monday said it received rapid assessment reports from 15 affected regions in the country.

"As of Monday, 20th March 2023, the number of displaced people is at 508,244. The death toll has risen from 476 to 499, with 1,332 injuries," DoDMA said in a statement.

Several countries including the UK, Tanzania and Zambia have sent teams to help in rescue operations.

The storm struck Mozambique and Malawi last week for the second time in a month, destroying scores of homes and triggering widespread floods.

Malawi’s government has set up over 500 camps across the country’s southern region, where up to 10 districts have been affected.