“Storm Freddy Kills Over 100 and Leaves Widespread Destruction in Southern Africa”

Trop­i­cal Storm Fred­dy has caused dev­as­ta­tion in south­ern Africa for the sec­ond time in a month, killing over 100 peo­ple and injur­ing many more.

It is one of the strongest storms ever record­ed in the south­ern hemi­sphere and could be the longest-last­ing trop­i­cal cyclone, accord­ing to the World Mete­o­ro­log­i­cal Organization.

The storm first hit cen­tral Mozam­bique on Sat­ur­day, caus­ing wide­spread flood­ing and dam­ag­ing build­ings in the port of Que­li­mane. It then moved inland towards Malawi, where land­slides and tor­ren­tial rains caused fur­ther dam­age and loss of life.

The full extent of the dam­age and loss of life is not yet clear, as pow­er and phone sig­nals were cut off in some affect­ed areas.

As of March 14, the total num­ber of peo­ple killed by Storm Fred­dy in Mozam­bique, Malawi, and Mada­gas­car since it first made land­fall last month is around 136.

In Malawi, the cen­tral hos­pi­tal in Blan­tyre received at least 60 bod­ies and treat­ed around 200 injured peo­ple. Falling trees, land­slides, and flash floods caused many of the injuries. Pow­er sup­ply and com­mu­ni­ca­tion net­works were also dis­rupt­ed in some areas.

In Mozam­bique, at least ten peo­ple died in Zam­bezia province, and the sit­u­a­tion remains crit­i­cal due to a lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion with all regions.

Human­i­tar­i­an agen­cies in Que­li­mane, Mozam­bique, are strug­gling to deal with the scale of the dis­as­ter. Destroyed build­ings and clin­ics, homes with roofs torn off, and wide­spread flood­ing have cre­at­ed a risk of water­borne diseases.

The storm has caused severe dam­age to crops and raised con­cerns about the spread of cholera in Malawi, which has been bat­tling the dead­liest out­break in its history.

Sci­en­tists have linked fos­sil fuel-dri­ven cli­mate change to the increas­ing strength of trop­i­cal storms, as oceans absorb heat from green­house gas emissions.

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