We are saddened at the tragic loss of life and suffering that southern Africa has been experiencing in the wake of Tropical Storm Freddy.
Landslides and flash floods have so far killed100 people and devastated entire communities in southern Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar.
“We are thinking of and praying for our colleagues, friends and family as Tropical Storm Freddy continues to wreck havoc in southern Malawi and Mozambique,” Dean Buchanan, Founder. “One of the strongest storms ever recorded in the southern hemisphere, it has killed dozens, injured scores and left a trail of devastation we cannot comprehend.”
Sadly, the consequences of this deadly tropical storm have had little mention in the media in the West. Crops have been destroyed and communities are at serious risk of waterborne diseases now.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Mozambique told Al Jazeera humanitarian agencies there did not have the capacity to deal with a disaster of this size. Storm Freddy became the longest-lived tropical cyclone on record after first emerging on 30 January before developing on 4 February over the Timor Sea.