The Current State of Cyclone Freddy in Malawi

Written by Alinafe Manonga'a

Cyclone Freddy struck Malawi hard in recent months, destroying entire communities, washing away people’s homes, and killing hundreds of people and livestock. The number of people killed by Cyclone Freddy this year was the greatest to ever be reported in Malawi’s history of cyclones.

Local and International support

To help ease the lives of the cyclone victims, government agencies, and well-wishers contributed a wide range of supplies, including food, blankets, crockery, and clothing. While on the other side, helicopters from the UK Search and Rescue team and neighboring nations like Zambia and Tanzania helped Malawi rescue people and deliver all sorts of aid to areas that could not be reached by cars. 

Cyclone Freddy victims receiving aid from well-wishers. Photo credit: Department of Disaster Management

Housing

We now extend our gratitude to all groups, people, and government agencies that rendered their assistance to these displaced people. They are currently resettling in their own homes. While some people are still living in evacuation camps, some well-wishers are building homes and gifting them to the victims. We anticipate that everyone will have moved into their own permanent homes by the end of this year. 

One of the houses built for Cyclone Freddy victims. Photo Credit: Kondwani Kachamba Ngwira

Roadway Maintenance

The maintenance of the damaged roadways has increased the number of children visiting the oncology ward for clinics by a remarkable amount. The numbers somewhat reduced in the month of March and April when the cyclone had just hit compared to the previous months before the cyclone’s occurrence. The numbers have now been rising over the past months. In March (when the cyclone hit), not even follow-up visits were carried out. With more children seeking medical care at the oncology ward, it is a sigh of relief for World Child Cancer as it does not wish to see a child suffer from cancer. 

A damaged road due to the cyclone. Photo credit: Malawi Red Cross Society

Thank you all for the support rendered during the hard times that Malawi was passing through. Now the situation is getting to normal.

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