Malawi: Death Toll Hits 476 as Rescue Operations Continue

Blantyre — Tropical Cyclone Freddy’s death toll in Malawi has hit 476, the government has announced.

Department of Disaster Management Affairs says the discovery of the 29 bodies bring the total number of the dead as of Sunday night at 17:00gmt to 476.

“The number of displaced people is now at 490,098 with 533 camps set to accommodate the displaced. The death toll has risen from 447 to 476 with 918 injuries. The number of missing persons is at 349 from 282,” reads the statement signed by Charles Kalemba, the Commissioner for Disaster Management Affairs.

Meanwhile, international support has now started flowing to Malawi with the United Nations assisting in providing critical logistical and humanitarian aid.

UN has released US$5.5 million from its Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) as a relief package for people affected by the cyclone.

Speaking after visiting flood-affected areas, UN Resident Coordinator for Malawi, Rebecca Adda-Dontoh said she was touched with grief seeing many traumatised victims of Tropical Freddy.

“People are traumatized, and many have lost their homes, their belongings and their livelihoods,” said Adda-Dontoh adding. “In support of the Government-led response, through this CERF grant, we will aim to assist those who have been hardest-hit with life-saving and life-sustaining assistance.”

Currently military experts from Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania and search and rescue team from United Kingdom continue to retrieving bodies and rescue people still stranded in the mud.