Hurricane Freddy hits Malawi and Mozambique: Top 216 dead

Due to the hurricane affecting the east coast of Africa, 199 people died in Malawi and 17 people in Mozambique.

At least 216 people died in the two countries due to the hurricane, while Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwera declared a “national disaster” in 10 regions in the south of the country.

According to Malawi’s National Disaster Management Administration, 19,000 people in the south of the country had to leave their homes.

[Fotoğraf: Reuters]

United Nations (UN) Spokesperson Stephen Dujarric said in a statement to the press that the energy and communication systems were damaged due to the hurricane, and therefore the extent of the damage has not yet been determined.

International aid organizations called for emergency aid for areas affected by the hurricane.

The World Meteorological Organization announced that Freddy, which formed for the first time last month and affected Madagascar on February 21, and Mozambique 3 days later, could be the longest lasting hurricane in history.

Hurricane Freddy hit the East African coast for the second time on March 12.

226 thousand people in Madagascar and 163 thousand people in Mozambique were adversely affected by the hurricane.

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